Tag Archives: Feeding

Green Heron Stalking Lunch

Slowly, slowly a Green Heron inched along a log and finally moved into a small patch of sun for a well lit photograph.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Herons are known for their patient hunting and this one had the routine down.

Green Heron
Green Heron

With less patience than the Green Heron I put my camera down when he stood up a bit thinking he had given up on whatever he was stalking. I should have stuck with it another 20 seconds.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Bam, a large frog became lunch but was not to be photographed as heron with frog disappeared into the dark underbrush.

Spoonbill Landing

I watched several groups of Roseate Spoonbills yesterday feeding in a shallow pond. They were all business as the little fish scurried around in the water.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

This Spoonbill left the group he was with, perhaps hoping for better feeding. Before long the other ten or so from his original group followed along.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Those in this group didn’t even appear to notice and just kept on feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Bee Spiral

This bee was a diligent worker, checking every single one of the florets on this branch.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

He worked in a circular motion, spiraling towards the tip of the branch.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

Up, over and around again.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

I lost focus when he got to the very end and the branch started to wobble.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding

Roseate Spoonbills are fascinating to watch feed as they sift through the water with their beaks, their bodies in constant motion. There were about 30 Spoonbills scattered through this pond, sometimes together as a big group and then a few would go off on their own, following the food.

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding
Roseate Spoonbills Feeding

Getting a group photo is a challenge as they shift and turn, beaks in and out of the water. These were taken about an hour after daybreak as the sun finally made it up out of the clouds.

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding
Roseate Spoonbills Feeding

Bear Island WMA, SC, 7/1/2018.

Orchard Oriole Parents

In the three weeks since I photographed an Orchard Oriole working on her nest I’ve passed by the tree several times and seen no activity. On Sunday a male was sitting on branches about 30 feet from the nest.

Male Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper
Male Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper

After carefully watching the area he zipped into the nest with the grasshopper. You can just see one wing and a tail hanging out the entrance.

Male Orchard Oriole Going into Nest
Male Orchard Oriole Going into Nest

The nest was swinging back and forth in a light breeze and the male made a quick exit.

Orchard Oriole Nest
Orchard Oriole Nest

My question, was the male feeding his mate while she sat on eggs or chicks, was soon answered when the female appeared with another grasshopper.

Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper
Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper

The female was coming in at a different angle and had to pause to get into the nest.

Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper
Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper

After delivering the snack she came out with a fecal sac and disappeared into the woods.

Female Orchard Oriole Removing Fecal Sac
Female Orchard Oriole Removing Fecal Sac

Great Blue Heron with Flounder

It was “this big!” Really!

Great Blue Heron with Flounder
Great Blue Heron with Flounder

I don’t know how far he had flown with the flounder, but after landing the heron just stood there for a minute looking around. He then waded out into the water and rinsed the fish.

Great Blue Heron with Flounder
Great Blue Heron Rinsing Flounder

Satisfied with that, he flew into a marsh inlet with his catch, probably hoping to avoid potential fish thieves.

Great Blue Heron Flying with Flounder
Great Blue Heron Flying with Flounder

Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Fledgling

Not far from where I saw a Pileated Woodpecker wreaking havoc on the boardwalk to the swamp last week I heard the impressive tat-tat-tat again.  This youngster was frozen in place in a nearby tree and clearly not the origin of the percussion.

Pileated Woodpecker Fledgling
Pileated Woodpecker Fledgling

He flew a little higher just as I spotted the adult again assaulting the underside of the boardwalk railing.

Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling
Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling

The adult flew up to the fledgling and started feeding him some regurgitated material.

Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling
Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling

The chick stuck to his spot and the adult flew off and returned several times, daintily offering the juvenile food.

Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling
Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling

The feeding process was very calm, especially compared to the egrets and herons I had just been watching.

Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling
Pileated Woodpecker and Fledgling

Three Hungry Egrets

Three Great Egret chicks worked to get food from the parent that has just returned to the nest. The chicks’ pulling on the adult’s beak stimulates regurgitation.

Great Egret with Three Chicks
Great Egret with Three Chicks

This time it didn’t seem to produce anything and the adult’s neck had an odd kink in it…maybe what he just ate wouldn’t come back.

Great Egret with Three Chicks
Great Egret with Three Chicks, watched by younger chick in the nest above

They gave it another try. If there was any food produced it was pretty small. These chicks’ beaks are nearly as big as the adult’s, and look as sharp.

Great Egret with Three Chicks
Great Egret with Three Chicks

The adult flew off leaving the chicks to chew on each other.

Three Great Egret Chicks
Three Great Egret Chicks

Anhinga Feeding Chicks (3)

After the adult Anhinga finished feeding the one chick, the unfed chick started to pester his sibling.

Anhinga Chicks Feeding
Anhinga Chicks Feeding

He used the same chewing on the beak method all the young use on the parent when they return to the nest.

Anhinga Chicks Feeding
Anhinga Chicks Feeding

I couldn’t tell if the second chick got any food from the first one or if this was all show. The adult didn’t stick around to find out.

Anhinga Chicks Feeding
Anhinga Chicks Feeding