Wildlife Photography: Wading Birds on Brier Creek, Augusta, GA

 
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
 

I had hoped to bring you a new post on another area for kayaking and canoeing in the Augusta, GA area.  I took my kayak down into South Burke County in hopes of running down Brier Creek towards the Savannah.  Unfortunately, a great deal of it was simply unnavigable due to low water levels.  After three portages, I gave up.  It probably is navigable when the water levels are up, but they’ll have to be up a good deal before I try again.  Inbetween portages though I did manage to capture a few shots of a couple of wading birds that I can share.

The first was of a Little Blue Heron.  Little Blue Herons are common site in the Augusta, GA area and in the CSRA.  They are wading birds and are most often found around shallow ponds, lakes, marshes, swamps and coastal areas.  They are slow methodical feeders whose diet primarily consists of small fish and amphibians. 

 
Little Blue Heron Head Shot 
Little Blue Heron Stalking, Brier Creek, Burke County Georgia

Little Blue Heron Stalking

Little Blue Heron wading, Brier Creek, Burke County Georgia

Little Blue Heron wading

Little Blue Herons are among the smaller of the heron type birds and can be found in our area mostly year round.  They usually around 24″ to 27″ in height with a 40″ wingspan and weigh in at around 12 ounces.  They are readily identifiable with their solid blue gray body with a slightly darker solid purple head.  They have two tone beaks with a blue gray tip.  If one loiters around you can usually see one snap up a small fish or frog.

I also managed to catch another wading bird from the boat.  A White Ibis.

 
White Ibis Close up, Brier Creek, Burke County GA

White Ibis Close Up

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)  White Ibis are a little less common in this area but can still be quite frequently seen during the summer months and occasionally in other parts of the year as well.  The White Ibis is a wading bird as well.  It is larger and heavier than other Ibis’s with a thicker bill and broader wings.  They tend to be found in alone or in groups in shallow fresh or salt water.  They feed by stirring the bottom with its bill and its primary diet consists of crayfish, mudcrabs, frogs and aquatic insects.

 

Brier Creek, Burke County, GA White Ibis
White Ibis on a fallen tree, Brier Creek
White Ibis wading, Brier Creek, Burke County GA

White Ibis on the banks of Brier Creek, GA

The White Ibis is typically 25″ tall and has a wingspan of about 38″ and weighs in at roughly 2 pounds.

Both are beautiful birds and are quite interesting to watch as they forage through the marshes and ponds for their meals.  If you get a chance you should definitely head out to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park or any of the many nature areas around Augusta and check them out.

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About Ryan Brashear

Ryan Brashear has been a licensed REALTOR® for 14 years specializing in land, farm and acreage sales in the CSRA. He is co-owner and Vice President of Brashear Realty Corporation as well as co-owner of Brashear Development Corporation. He has served as a Past President of the Greater Augusta Association of REALTORS® and is currently serving as a Vice President of the Georgia Association of REALTORS®.
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