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Snowy Egret and Grebes Feeding Together, 2

The Pied-billed Grebes and Snowy Egret kept moving along the edge of the pond, giving me better light on the water.

Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes, Bump in the water behind the Snowy is a Grebe

They continued back and forth for several minutes.

Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes

The Snowy Egret displayed a classic stalking move…

Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes

…then appeared to goose one of the Grebes.

Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Snowy Egret and Grebes Feeding Together

A small flock of Pied-billed Grebes, which feed underwater on small fish and invertebrates, were following a strutting Snowy Egret.

Snowy Egret Strutting Between Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Strutting Between Pied-billed Grebes

The water was pretty shallow but it didn’t stop the Grebes from diving in the Snowy Egret’s wake.

Snowy Egret Strutting Between Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Strutting Between Pied-billed Grebes

The Snowy Egret was quick to take advantage of the prey the Grebes were stirring up.

Snowy Egret Feeding Between Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Feeding Between Pied-billed Grebes

As usual, the Snowy did like to be the leader of the pack.

Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes
Snowy Egret Feeding With Pied-billed Grebes

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Red-shouldered Hawk Looking For A Meal

I noticed this well camouflaged Red-shouldered Hawk perched in a tangle of crepe myrtle branches. Then I realized it was the flitting of the Mocking Bird that had caught my eye.

Red-shouldered Hawk and Mocking Bird
Red-shouldered Hawk and Mocking Bird

The Mocking Bird passed in front of the hawk undisturbed and went on his way.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

It was late afternoon and I thought maybe the hawk wasn’t in feeding mode, but then he dropped to the ground. He immediately mantled over some prey, covering it from other potential predators.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

That prey either escaped or was very tiny, consumed in one bite.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The hawk flew to another crepe myrtle and continued to watch the ground.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 3, 2022

Red-shouldered Hawk ID confirmed with Merlin Bird ID app.

Tricolored Heron Showing How It Is Done: Fishing on the Fly

This wooden trunk is the conduit for the canal water under the road between some old rice field impoundments, not far from where Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk
Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk

Just before I took this series the Tricolored Heron nabbed a fish then landed back on the trunk support.

Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk
Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk

I waited, and waited then finally!

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

All that skittering on the water surface is from fish trying not to be lunch.

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

Unfortunately he flew close to the canal edge and I couldn’t get out far enough to keep the grass from interfering with my shot.

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

This time the heron kept flying down the canal with his catch.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

This canal runs along side an old rice field impoundment and on this morning it was hopping with little fish.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

A Snowy Egret was showing off how to catch breakfast while keeping your wings dry.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

They swallow as they go so it’s hard to say if he was successful.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Let’s try this again…

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Drag your toes in the water… then a face plant…

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Then liftoff!

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

The Alligator was just a bonus.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Feeding Pool: Snowy Egret Dancing on Water, Another Set

Aerobatic skill, a la Snowy Egret. These are from January…not much I can say about them but it sure was fun to watch.

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water- Ibis, Tricolored Heron, Roseate Spoonbill

 

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water

 

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water

 

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water

Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
January 31, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide Mud

This single Roseate Spoonbill was wading in the mud of a tidal creek.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

The tide had actually made the turn and at this point the water was only shifting around a little.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Spoonbills have a very narrow range of water depth  where they can feed, having to do with their rather awkward anatomy.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill, Walking Away

This spot seemed to be just right

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 31, 2022