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In The Heat Of Battle, Heron

Battle might be a bit much, but the Great Blues were having a territory issue. Two birds were chasing each other around the old ponds of Magnolia Plantation.

In The Heat Of Battle, Heron
In The Heat Of Battle, Heron

They were turns being the chaser and the ‘chasee’.  I’m sure they knew I was standing in the middle of this, but I was of no importance.

Worked for me, I caught a few decent shots.

Yellow-crowned Night Herons

The old, and first, cemeteries in Charleston were created along the Cooper River in the northern end of the city. This was only swamp and marshlands in the early 1800’s. Parts still are.

Yellow-crowns have always nested here in the big Magnolias and Live Oaks while feeding in the marshes.

Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons

While usually hard to get a clear photo, late spring and summer they are out and active with nest building and raising young.  These photographs were from a particularly productive Night Heron day, which doesn’t happen often.

Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Below I caught two sitting in the open on an old bridge that crosses a large cemetery pond. These two small Herons are about as much weight as the foot bridge will hold. Like all the old spots here, beautiful and showing a little age.

BTW, I was hiding in the brush for the bridge shot. grabbed a few and backed away. They would not stick around if the saw me move nearby.

Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons
Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Cooper River and old Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston SC.

Young Barred Owl

When I first looked at the owl shots from the other day the angle and missing head feather details struck me. I deleted most and held a few aside to review.

After another walk through I had one of those ‘good grief’ moments.

Of course the feathers were off… they are not true feathers. This bird still has some facial down, baby fuzzy.

Young Barred Owl
Young Barred Owl

There are several active Owl nesting spots nearby. This bird probably came from one of them.