Tag Archives: Feeding

Black Skimmers, Every Which Way

I hardly knew which way to look when this flock of Black Skimmers was actively feeding.

Black Skimmer Flock Feeding
Black Skimmer Flock Feeding,

The sun was just up, but behind a cloud bank so the light was dim.

Black Skimmer Flock Feeding
Black Skimmer Flock Feeding

This entire pond is normally under water, but was drained for a couple of weeks to help control vegetation.

Black Skimmer Flock Feeding
Black Skimmer Flock Feeding

This has a bonus effect for feeding birds as any fish are concentrated in a smaller pool of water.

Black Skimmer Flock Feeding
Black Skimmer Flock Feeding

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 9, 2022

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, On The Hunt

A Yellow-crowned Night-heron was hunting along the edge of a small pond, wading into the grass rather than the water.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Success!

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

I have no idea what the meal was.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

It went down the hatch in one quick gulp.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

May 22, 2021
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

Black Skimmers, Poor Light

The light was poor but the Black Skimmer action was outstanding.

Black Skimmers Feeding
Black Skimmers Feeding

The water had been allowed to drain from this pond for a few weeks as part of the vegetation overgrowth control efforts.

Black Skimmers Feeding
Black Skimmers Feeding

This left a very narrow strip of water where the fish were concentrated.

Black Skimmers Feeding
Black Skimmers Feeding

Some shore birds were feeding on the water’s edge and Black Skimmers were busy scooping up breakfast.

Black Skimmers Feeding
Black Skimmers Feeding

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

Limpkin are known for eating the freshwater apple snail, Ampullariidae. But it turns out they eat other mollusks using their specialized beak.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

This water outflow is near the maintenance facility at Orlando Wetlands, and provided a buffet of choices for this diligent Limpkin.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

The green kerchief on his head is a leaf that stuck when he plunged his head into the water.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding Smashing his Mollusk catch

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022