Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Anhingas feed their chicks a little differently than the herons and egrets and it’s a little weird the first time you see it: the young stick their beaks down the adult’s throat to get the regurgitated food.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Like the herons, the young Anhinga will pull on the adults beak to start the feeding process. This adult had four young in the nest and  the pushiest gets the most food.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Below you can see the featherless necks of the chicks and how the pouch  at the corner of their jaw. It appears the one on the left is bleeding from a scratch–small wonder with all those sharp beaks.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

I had changed positions trying to get a better view  but they all kept dipping down below the branches.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

04/20/2018

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