Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Anhinga Feeding Chicks (2)

These two chicks are older than the four from last night’s post,  where I described how the adult regurgitates the food. It’s a little weird the second time you see it, too. These chicks  were a bigger target for me and I had a much better vantage point to see the feeding action.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Some feathers are starting to grow on the chicks’ necks, making them look more appealing and bird-like.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

Anhinga can swallow very large fish, much bigger than their heads. You can see here the flexibility of their jaw.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

The adult only fed the one chick then moved out of their reach.

Anhinga Feeding Chicks
Anhinga Feeding Chicks

5/10/2018

11 thoughts on “Anhinga Feeding Chicks (2)”

  1. Wow. That is pretty amazing to see in photos and must have been even more incredible to see in person.When I think of all of the elaborate preparations that we go through to feed babies, it is astounding that birds and animals are able to do so in the wild.

    1. Thanks, Belinda! I bet the one that didn’t get fed is the most aggressive the next time food shows up! My next post is the unfed trying to get food from the fed chick, but I don’t know if it worked.

  2. Excellent follow-up post, awesome shots and series! I am glad to see some feather fur on their necks in this post. I kept looking at your last post’s photos and really thought how weird the naked necks looked! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Donna, I’m happy that you liked it! I suppose no feathers means its easier to reach down the adult’s throat and not cause injury, but that will be coming to an end soon.

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