Tag Archives: Feeding

Barred Owl With Lizard for Lunch

This Barred Owl sat quietly with his catch, a Five-lined Skink, a common lizard in South Carolina.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl with Skink

After squeezing it with his beak for a bit he transferred it to his talon. You can see the tail dangling below the branch in this next image.

Barred Owl with Skink
Barred Owl with Skink

I didn’t see any sign of life in the lizard, but the owl kept a firm hold for six or seven minutes before flying off with it.

Barred Owl with Skink
Barred Owl with Skink

White-eyed Vireo with Worm

White-eyed Vireos are a fast, elusive song bird.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

This one was intent on food. He picked a worm off a leaf and flew down to an open branch to eat it.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

But first he beat it a few times.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

I’ve seen song birds gather a stack of worms or insects¬† in their beak and thought he might be rendering this one ready for a flight to a nest.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

No, this one was for him.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

One gulp and it was gone.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

Dragonfly, Back Yard

I’m not sure why dragonflies bother with these hard shelled insects, not sure just what they are.

Dragonfly With Snack
Dragonfly With Snack

They are pretty small and I think the dragonfly was having a hard time getting it down, chewing and chewing.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Our back yard has hosted a variety of dragonflies this summer.¬† They take advantage of a few fallen branches I’ve left in the corner.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Prothonotary Warbler Checking On Nest

This Prothonotary Warbler’s nest is in that cavity, and the parent spent several minutes poking his head in, like he was moving something around.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

I did not see if he brought something on this trip to the nest, like he did when I spotted the parent two days before: Prothonotary Warbler Bringing Food Home

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The hole is about my eye level and I did see one chick beak when I passed by.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The parent did fly off with a fecal sac, something I hadn’t seen up close before.

Prothonotary Warbler With Fecal Sack
Prothonotary Warbler With Fecal Sac

Prothonotary Warbler Bringing Food Home

Sitting just off the trail this Prothonotary Warbler was perched, but not singing, which is a common behavior. I didn’t notice at first that his beak was stuffed with lunch.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Not for himself, but he was taking this meal to his nest.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

He quickly stuck his head in…

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

then flew off for another serving.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

I didn’t hear any chicks so suspect he was feeding his brooding mate.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Hunting

A juvenile Little Blue Heron poked along the edge of a pond in between some Cypress knees looking for a meal.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He quickly swallowed a couple of small finds.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Late blooming red Azalea

After a bit he flew up onto a bridge railing and showed off his mottled blue coloration. Sometime in their second year the Little Blues become fully blue.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Catching Fish

Great Blue Herons are known for stealthy, slow hunting.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

This fellow defied the norm when he caught and swallowed three fish in a matter of two or three minutes.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

The long feather sticking up is part of the breeding plumage.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

He is likely eating for a family. The adults fly back to the nest then regurgitate the food for the chick(s).

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

It will take a lot of these little fish to sustain the adult and chicks.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing