Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Watching A Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee, not a Black-capped Chickadee.

Watching A Chickadee
Watching A Chickadee

They look almost identical.

Watching A Chickadee
Watching A Chickadee

My method of ID is very simple…

Watching A Chickadee
Watching A Chickadee

they have a slow southern drawl to their song.

Watching A Chickadee
Watching A Chickadee

Technically there is a slight coloration difference. But really, where !!!

 

White Ibis Poking Around

A few shots taken while out photographing a cemetery.

White Ibis Poking Around
White Ibis Poking Around

A pond along side the marsh is a resting spot for just about any type of critter in the area. Here it was a ‘semi-clean’ White Ibis.

White Ibis Poking Around
White Ibis Poking Around

More than most birds Ibis love mud.

White Ibis Poking Around
White Ibis Poking Around

Charleston, South Carolina.

A Greeting, Great Blue Herons

This is one of the series we always look to catch. One of the mates returning to the nest after a long absence. It can be frustrating too.

At times there is action happening in other parts of the swamp, but you know he must return soon, it’s getting dark. Well, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t.

A Greeting, Great Blue Herons
A Greeting, Great Blue Herons

This time he did and she was happy to see him.

A Greeting, Great Blue Herons
A Greeting, Great Blue Herons
A Greeting, Great Blue Herons
A Greeting, Great Blue Herons

They chatted back and forth for a while. I only see Herons do this.

A Greeting, Great Blue Herons
A Greeting, Great Blue Herons

Finally she gave him a hug. Yes, they will hug (wrap necks like above) after being separated. Again, common for Great Blues but have never seen another species do this.

A Greeting, Great Blue Herons
A Greeting, Great Blue Herons

After a bit it was back to household chores.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Juvenile / Adult Night Herons

I couldn’t ask for better shots for comparing Black-crowned Night Herons.

Juvenile / Adult Night Herons
Juvenile / Adult Night Herons

The bird on top, furthest away, is a juvenile bird. He is about half way to adult plumage. First year youngsters are all brown with stripes.

Juvenile / Adult Night Herons
Juvenile / Adult Night Herons

The closest bird is a full adult, breeding age. Very different than the younger one.

Juvenile / Adult Night Herons
Juvenile / Adult Night Herons
Juvenile / Adult Night Herons
Juvenile / Adult Night Herons

And just to show a little more, the adult did a stretch for us.

Juvenile / Adult Night Herons
Juvenile / Adult Night Herons