These photographs were taken one morning at Bear Island, a South Carolina wildlife management area.
A few decent sized flocks were moving through the old rice fields for their morning feeding.
Overgrown trails run along dikes separating the marshes. As long as we were not too obvious the Pelicans drifted close as they moved back and forth.
The water was pretty clear that morning too making the images look a lot better than some others I have taken here. This place can be really muddy.
I had seen this Great Blue going over the right side of the dike. There are always small food critters on the waters edge.
He was not gone long though.
The bird came strolling out standing tall. I assume he had been watching me the whole time. Me, I had almost forgotten about him.
Above you can see he took a few steps and went right into the quick escape pose.
In milliseconds he went from standing to airborne.
He moved so fast I just followed with him and shot high speed until the buffer was filled. Above, I almost moved the camera faster than he was going.
He leaned a little in my direction after this, he needed to clear some reeds, and I lost him in the view finder. Cut him in half and no focus LOL.
Spoonbills like to walk along and sift through marshes muddy water and bottom during feeding.
The big ‘Spoon’ is a handy tool.
They can gather up too much mud and water, so the big spit is part of their routine.
Donnelly, South Carolina.
Reflecting pool in a formal garden.
Middleton Place, South Carolina.
Two photographs taken of a Spoonbill joining a flock.
There were three flocks on this long open marsh. Basically one on each end with the third in the middle. Birds flew back and forth between the different groups.
I captured many small sequences of Spoonbill flights that morning while walking along a dike.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
After being driven away a few times the young fool came back for more. (if you have not seen the previous articles links are included at the end).
The nesting female is the Heron in the back of this shot. It’s taken from a different angle. You can see her standing to confront the new comer…again.
This time she must have hurt more than his feelings. He backed up quick and bailed out into the air. The female was still following him.
Birds show expression with wings, posturing, and feathers. Above everything says this is one very angry Great Blue.
It’s obvious she has had enough of the fool. The uninvited male kept flying this time. I watched him move to the far end of the rookery and land in a large island.
There has been more confrontations, different nests and trees, it may or may not have been the fool. But this happens all the time.
The first encounter… click here.
The second encounter… click here
Not the best weather but they don’t care so we go out too, well not always.
This Great Egret jumped up from the reeds surprising me. I did manage a few shots.
Not the usual shy response, like leaving right away.
Black-crowned Night Heron.
Still a juvenile though he looks to be close to adult changes. His eye color is getting that vivid red.