Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Spoonbill Flight

OK, so it wasn’t the most graceful take off. It wasn’t planned though. More like a push off the tree.

Spoonbill Flight
Spoonbill Flight

The Spoonbill was minding his own business when another did the typical ‘king of the hill’ thing they do. The first bird pretty much just fell into the air.

Spoonbill Flight
Spoonbill Flight
Spoonbill Flight
Spoonbill Flight

Like I said, no points here for style.

Spoonbill Flight
Spoonbill Flight

He did recover nicely and moved off to another spot in the island rookery.

Christmas, Florida.

(BTW, Christmas is a town)

Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue giving me a fly by, and great opportunity.

Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron
Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron
Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron
Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron

The first nests this year are a little far on a small island. However the Herons will drop off the trees and head straight towards the trail for sticks and Spanish Moss.

I placed myself in an open spot where I hoped the birds would pass on either side of me. This time it worked.

Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron
Swamp Fly By, Great Blue Heron

The Great Blues knew I was there, they flew on my left, and right, into the back swamp collecting materials. Several landed nearby and walked around too. The Herons were comfortable having me to the side and for maybe two hours went about their business.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Great Egret, Looking For A Mate

This is an assumption on my part, however Egrets probably setup house the same as a Great Blue. After all, Egrets are members of the Heron family.

So…

Great Egret, Looking For A Mate
Great Egret, Looking For A Mate

Most likely this is a male working on the initial nest building. Showing off some of his skills.

Great Egret, Looking For A Mate
Great Egret, Looking For A Mate

And of course good looks.

Great Egret, Looking For A Mate
Great Egret, Looking For A Mate

That will only take him so far. After a quick show it’s back to moving sticks around.

 

Spoonbill Disagreement

Even Roseate Spoonbills have bad days. In this case an adult decided to grab hold of a juvenile by the leg. I’ve seen this before and I guess this is how they ‘argue’.

Spoonbill Disagreement
Spoonbill Disagreement

The older one had a good hold on the young one too.

Spoonbill Disagreement
Spoonbill Disagreement

As expected Jr. wailed a bit, flapped around, and took the hint.

Spoonbill Disagreement
Spoonbill Disagreement

Time to move on.

This is a rookery where the rules are a little different for a few months.