Tag Archives: Feeding

Cormorant With Fish

This Double-crested Cormorant took a long time showing off his catch, more than the usual maneuvers for easiest swallowing.

Double-crested Cormorant with Fish
Double-crested Cormorant with Fish

He did show off his flipping skills.

Double-crested Cormorant with Fish
Double-crested Cormorant with Fish

And catching.

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Double-crested Cormorant with Fish

After a few minutes I walked away and he was still paddling around with the fish.

Double-crested Cormorant with Fish
Double-crested Cormorant with Fish

Huntington Beach State Park, SC
November 9, 2021

Wood Storks Feeding

Wood Storks often feed in packs, probing the water with their beaks and stirring up all manor of water creatures. It’s hard to say what it might be, but you can see the tiny size of the catch the closest bird is tossing.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

An optical illusion here, of the first Wood Stork scratching the next one’s head.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

The group wades along, often swallowing their prey without even lifting their heads.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

Another small catch is visible as the left-most bird gives his snack a flip.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Little Blue Heron Fishing

A Little Blue Heron was fishing in the last trickle of water left in the lagoon at Magnolia Cemetery Pond: Water Out

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

The orange/red reflections from the end of the autumn leaves made an interesting scene from what was basically mud.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

The Heron didn’t have much luck, but was very persistant.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
December 3, 2021

Ring-billed Gull Snagging Lunch

I spotted this Ring-billed Gull just before he hit the water.

Ring-billed Gull Face Plant
Ring-billed Gull Face Plant

There wasn’t much of a splash and the gull’s wings never went under the surface.

Ring-billed Gull Face Plant
Ring-billed Gull Face Plant

One powerful beat of his wings and he was up.

Ring-billed Got A Fish
Ring-billed Got A Fish

A small splash and he was away.

Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish
Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish

Wasting no time, he sped off before one of the other circling gulls or terns noticed his catch.

Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish
Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021

American White Pelicans, 2021

I have almost these same images of four American White Ibis from last year in a different pond.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

The White Ibis sharing their space mixed it up a little.

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

The White Pelicans are fascinating to watch as they shape-shift their positions from a straight line to a blob…

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

then back to a line as they follow the food.

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

All together now….

American White Pelicans Feeding
American White Pelicans Feeding

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 14, 2021

Bald Eagle, Flying For Breakfast

The Bald Eagle, Flying By  made a U-turn over the pond, then dropped down scaring off a Great Egret.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

He was some distance from me and these aren’t sharp images, but you get the idea of the action that started feet first:

Bald Eagle Dropping For His Catch
Bald Eagle Dropping For His Catch

Hardly making a splash in the water.

Bald Eagle Snagging His Catch
Bald Eagle Snagging His Catch

Got a fish!

Bald Eagle Lifting Off With His Catch
Bald Eagle Lifting Off With His Catch

Then back to his tree to eat.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

White Ibis, Late Afternoon Feeding

The sun was low in the sky and cast a bright light on a small group of feeding White Ibis.

White Ibis
White Ibis and his shadow

A few swamp sunflowers decorated their feeding area.

White Ibis Feeding
White Ibis Feeding

Ibis stay amazingly clean as they probe the mud.

White Ibis Feeding
White Ibis Feeding

Only his beak showed any sign of the local conditions.

White Ibis Feeding
White Ibis Feeding

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 12, 2021

Yellow-billed Kite, Feeding Sequence

I’ve witnessed and photographed a Yellow-billed Kite feeding before, but it never gets old. Even if I once again didn’t get the actual snatching of the food as the handler tossed it high into the air.

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

Kites of all kinds grab their food with their feet while in flight then pass it to their mouths.

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

Imagine how much work it is to keep yourself fed this way.

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

The tossed beef pieces mimic the Kite’s natural diet of insects .

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

Yellow-billed Kite, Milvus aegyptius

Ted and I recently attended our fifth Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awenda, SC.  Photographers have an opportunity to take close-up images of a number of birds of prey as well as some flight demonstrations. As always the staff and volunteers provided a fun and educational experience.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021

Arachnid Cafe

A very large spider web stretched across this opening looking out onto a rice field pond.

Looking into rice field pond, spider web across opening
Looking into rice field pond, spider web across opening (18-200 mm lens, taken at 40 mm)

A couple of what I think are Black and Yellow Garden Spiders can be seen, along with several dragonflies that met their end in the web.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider Web In Web With Catch
Black and Yellow Garden Spider Web In Web With Catch (100-400 mm lens, taken at 100 mm)

There’s more detail of the catch if you want to zoom in on the spider wrapping his prey.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider With Catch
Black and Yellow Garden Spider With Catch (100-400 mm lens, taken at 200 mm)

Further along the dike another large spider had set up shop. I took the photo because I liked the leaf. When I processed the image I was amazed at the number of little items that had been snagged.

Spider with leaf in web
Spider with leaf in web