Just a few birds, pictures taken at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Did you make it to the beach this year? What is your favorite beach to vacation?
July 1, 2014
Great Blue Heron at nest with babies
I had a few more pictures I wanted to share from our Hilton Head vacation!
Great Blue Heron young about ready to leave the nest!
Looks like he caught Dinner!! Not sure what it is, maybe part of a fish!
I love watching and taking pictures of the Great Blue Heron, they are magnificent birds!
Only a couple days before the 4th of July, I hope everyone doesn’t have to work and plans to spend time having fun! Maybe grilling out with the family and friend!
Yellow Crowned Heron
Wading birds are generally sleek birds with long beaks which they use to hunt in shallow waters.
The Yellow Crowned Heron is one of the most beautiful of all the Heron. I saw two Yellow Crowned Heron along the shore but they did not want their picture taken. Every time I got close to them they took off further down the beach. I had to keep following them to get a couple pictures.
I have seen a good many Pelicans hanging around and in flight. The most I have spotted flying in formation today was 27 but they were just too far away to get a good picture.
Baby Anhinga just about ready to leave their nest
I watched for about 30 minutes several of the mother Anhinga fishing and then landing near their young to feed them. They could hop around from limb to limb but just not able to fly yet. These couple of pictures of the Anhinga in the trees was over 200 feet away.
The Anhinga have webbed feet because they dive into the water and swim to catch fish. Before they can fly again they have to let their wings dry. That is why you will often see them with their wings spread. I posted a few pictures last year on the Anhinga, click to see my post from last year, Hilton head Large Birds
This is an older Egret that was walking along the shoreline hunting for food. Once she saw me she got scared and flew off.
This Egret was catching minnows and eating them as fast as she could catch them!
Baby Egret in tree
I had to hike thru the woods hoping to get a couple of pictures of the baby Egrets but the trees were just to thick so I decide to shoot a couple of pictures thru the trees. If you look closely a these two pictures you will see baby Egret.
Baby Egret in trees
Great Blue Heron
This Great Blue Heron was hanging around a bridge where several children were fishing. When they caught a fish they would toss it to her. Someone along the way it looks like she has gotten hurt.
Great Blue Heron
This is the same heron in the first picture above, she heard my camera noise and looked over at me.
These shrimp boats are docked at the Crazy Crab Seafood restaurant in Hilton Head South Carolina. They trawl for shrimp from May to December and all the shrimp they catch is used at the restaurant. Crazy Crab has really good seafood and the best ever hush puppy’s. 🙂
Great Blue Heron looking for something to eat! I watched this heron for 30 minutes and got some really good shots that I will be posting soon. He didn’t seem to be scared by me at all.
We love to vacation at Hilton Head every summer. During our vacation I am always looking for the large blue herons, egrets and anhinga. There are alot of fresh water ponds near our condo and the heron and anhinga are always hunting for food in these ponds. I will often see a few Alligators’ in the ponds along with large turtles.
This Anhinga dove into the pond before I could get a picture but I got this picture as he was swimming across the pond. Once the Anhinga dive into the water for fish, they will sit in the sun to dry their wings and will not dive back into the pond for more fish until their wings are dry.
Our family has been visiting Hilton Head Island at least once or twice a year for over 35 years. There is alot to do for the entire family!