Tag Archives: Feeding

Great Egret Chicks: Feed Me!

Adult Great Egrets get quite a workout feeding their young, and all this after procuring something for them to eat.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

The chicks are aggressive about getting their share.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

You can hear the “feed me” chorus, which is how the photographer often knows there is action afoot.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

One more go at the regurgitation. I never saw the food, at this age it goes directly into the juvenile’s throats.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

That’s it, I’m out.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

After having seen a hummingbird at the Powdery Alligator-flag two years ago I always give it a once-over when I pass by a patch.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

A thunder storm was closing in on us and the light wasn’t great but it didn’t stop this Carolina Chickadee from gathering some snacks.

Carolina Chickadee with Powdery Alligator-flag Seed
Carolina Chickadee with Powdery Alligator-flag Seed

The light changed again, giving me hope that the storm was going away.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

The extra light was brief and it started raining a short time later.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

Black Australian Swan Cygnets Learning to Feed, 2

In addition to the cygnets being pretty cute as they learned to feed, watching the constant motion of the parents and the little ones was rather comical.

Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents
Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents

Bottoms up is the only way for the swans to get the grass in the deeper water, which also shows off their enormous feet.

Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents
Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents

The cygnets certainly swam a lot further during feeding than the parents, around and around.

Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents
Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents

Most of the time one adult had a head up and they all stayed pretty close together.

Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents
Black Australian Swan Cygnets and Parents

Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumpter SC
May 20, 2021

Young Great Blue Heron Stalking Lunch

A juvenile Great Blue Heron was stalking the edge of the pond where he has spent his life so far at Swan Lake and Iris Gardens.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron, Spots of Shadow From The Tree Above

At Swan Lake there are many swans that a young heron should be attentive to.

Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan
Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan

Perhaps this Mute Swan realized the heron was no threat as he didn’t get up as the stalking went on behind him.

Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan
Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan

The heron wasn’t much of a threat to any fish, either.

Great Blue Heron With Stick
Great Blue Heron With Stick

Ptooey!

Great Blue Heron Dropped Stick
Great Blue Heron Dropped Stick

Later in the morning I saw a parent bring him some food as he’s still learning how to catch his own.

Water Buffalo: Breakfast!

The Water Buffalo pair at Middleton Place spend their nights in an enclosed paddock at the back of the stable yard area. I arrived one recent morning just in time to see them let out into their daytime space, and breakfast.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo, Mallard Pair

A pair of Mallards interrupted their morning stroll as the first beast skipped on by.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Yes, he was practically skipping with happiness.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Evidently he had the hangries!

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Tricolored Heron Chicks Being Fed

I missed the adult’s arrival back at the nest but this trio of Tricolored Heron chicks was quick to prompt the parent to produce food.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

Like many of the herons the parents regurgitate what they have caught to feed their offspring.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

The biting/snapping/pulling of the chicks seems to have some stimulating action on the process. No worries, no images of the actual food here today.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

The squawking may just be for show, and always seems to state I Want More!

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

When the delivery is over the adult quickly gets out of reach. It’s a wonder any of them come out of this with their eyes intact.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
ThreeTricolored Heron Chicks – Dinner is Over

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Florida
April 29, 2021

Tricolored Heron Fishing on the Fly

These images show off the behavior better than the bird.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

I had never seen a Tricolored Heron fish while flying.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

He repeated this several times and dragging his feet in the water was part of the routine, perhaps to startle fish into moving.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

You can just see his tiny catch hanging out of his beak.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing