Thank Goodness Kids Don’t Tell Time

Right around the corner, right before my very eyes …

… after what seems like more than a month away because of two great trips sandwiching a week of horrible, epic rain, on a day that filled me with joy just because I was out and about under the warm, clear Carolina blue sky watching some of my favorite birds at one of my favorite spots … another lifer!

I got to the park at about 1:00 p.m., to be greeted by an Osprey flying and diving close by. A string of about twenty Wood Storks flew overhead, landing in trees on the other side of the creek. An American Oystercatcher was probing for oysters, while Willets, Great Egrets and others went aboMonarch 5ut their business at this spot where they are often found. Some Monarch butterflies provided a distraction … a welcome treat!

 

Monarch Butterfly

(Click on this and other photos to enlarge.)

 

Almost two hours later, I was actually about ready to go home, after spendinGreat Blue Heron Takes on Southern Stargazer 1g a significant amount of time photographing a Great Blue Heron working on a strange fish, later identified by friends as a Southern Stargazer (but that’s another story). However, I decided to take one more walk out to the end of the platform that sits at the edge of the tidal creek to see if I could spot any more Ospreys or other beauties flying around.

Great Blue Heron with Southern Stargazer

 

As I rounded a little bend in the boardwalk, lo and behold, there perched a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on the railing of the platform. I recognized it right away as a Yellow-crowned, not Black-crowned, youngster by its heavier bill and different feather pattern compared to the Black-crowned juvies I’d seen in the past.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Juvie 5

Well aware of Yellow-crowned Night Heron Juvie 1my presence, but undisturbed, it stayed perched on the railing for quite some time, allowing me to photograph it as I crept a bit closer. After ten minutes or so (and much to my chagrin that my camera wasn’t pointed at the moment), it took a short flight down to the water and poked around a bit for crabs (the food choice of the species; Fiddler Crabs are in abundance at this spot). Then, it suddenly flew off to a stand of trees in the distance (and, no, I didn’t get that shot either). A rare mid-afternoon treat on my first day out after far too much time away!

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Juvie 4Yellow-crowned Night Heron Juvie 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, if I can just locate the parents. I will try to get a look at the stand of trees in the direction this one flew.  Thank you, young one, for paying no attention to the “night” part of heron and for paying no attention to me. Thank goodness kids don’t tell time!

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Juvie 2To learn more about Yellow-crowned Night Herons and to see images of the adults, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website with information about this wonderful species.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

 

 

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6 Responses to Thank Goodness Kids Don’t Tell Time

  1. Holly Bacuzzi says:

    This is WONDERFUL, Deb!!!

  2. Robin Petit says:

    Love ur pic Deb… what an adventure…

  3. Tanja Neth says:

    Beautiful pics Deb. Will definitely need to get over your way one day.

  4. Sandy Grimes says:

    Very nice Deb.

  5. PB loves this site . Keep it up, Deb!

  6. Ruthe Morand says:

    I love your posts, Deb! Some wonderful birds and photos.

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