Tag Archives: Feeding

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

Tricolored Heron, On The Hunt

Tricolored Herons are some of the more exuberant wading birds when they are hunting.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

No standing around staring at the water for them. Pacing back and forth, with quick u-turns, highlight their hunting method.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Throw in some low stealthy behavior…

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

ready to pounce …

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

It’s a lot of work and doesn’t always result in even a snack. At least while the photographer is watching.

Greater Yellowlegs Hunting

This Greater Yellowlegs was working a shallow pond.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

He was quick.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

And successful!

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

His selection might have been a bit too big.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

Rearrange it, then swallow.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

Let’s look for more.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

I’m going with the Merlin Bird ID suggestion that this is the Greater Yellowlegs, not the Lesser Yellowlegs. The distinction is in a comparison of their beak size to their head size: the Greater YL’s beak is 1.5 times the size of his head, with the Lesser YL’s beak being much shorter.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

April 25, 2019

Anhinga With a Catch

Anhinga fish under water and often bring their catch to the surface and eat while they are swimming, flipping the fish around and swallowing it head first. This fellow may have tried that before climbing onto the alligator ramp.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

He was having trouble dislodging the fish from his beak.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

The ramp seemed like a convenient tool to work the fish free.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

Or so he thought.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

I missed the resolution this time. More than once I’ve seen the fish drop  over the side after all that hard work.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron On The Hunt

If this juvenile Little Blue Heron’s presence was any indication this pond-side vegetation must harbor a lot of snacks.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Last spring I spotted him feeding here every time I passed by for several weeks in a row.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Step and poke, back and forth.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Success! A bird this size has to find an awful lot of small creatures to consume to survive– a full time occupation.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

April 15, 2019

 

 

Great Blue Heron Hunting in a Stream

I was rather surprised to see a Great Blue Heron hunting in this outlet stream from one of the small ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Great Blue Heron Hunting
Great Blue Heron Hunting

I’ve seen Green Heron here before, but never the larger birds in with this tangle of downed trees and brush.

Great Blue Heron Hunting
Great Blue Heron Hunting

His footing was a bit precarious and I didn’t see him catch anything. After a few minutes he flew to the pond where at least there was more room for him to maneuver.

Great Blue Heron Hunting
Great Blue Heron Hunting

February 11, 2020