I’d Hate to Be an Anhinga

April 14, 2014 at 8:00 am (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Anhinga baby with large fish in its throat

Anhinga baby with large fish in its throat

I don’t know about you, but this photo creeps me out.  In addition to the anhinga chick being downright ugly in the face, the eye of the fish gaping from its throat is too unsettling.  I had just watched this baby wrestle the fish out of the throat of its parent.  And I mean WRESTLE.

Anhinga chick wrestling a fish from its parent's throat

Anhinga chick wrestling a fish from its parent’s throat

You see how far the chick has to dive into the father’s throat to retrieve its meal.  Eeewwwww.  And it really worked at it.  I thought maybe the parent’s throat would be torn, as frenetic as the fishing expedition was.  I know many birds, such as herons, feed their chicks like this.  But this was just plain hard to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Big, Beautiful Bird With the Bizarre Bill

February 21, 2014 at 5:45 am (Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Wildlife, Zoos) (, , , , )

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

I do love that alliterative title… The roseate spoonbill possesses not only a unique snout and “bald” head, it also has a gorgeous outfit.  Even the Cornell Lab of Ornithology uses the word “bizarre” to describe this large wading bird, commonly seen along the southern U.S. coasts.

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Many non-birders mistake the spoonbill for a flamingo solely because of its size and color. Read the rest of this entry »

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