Swallowing a Really Really Really Big Fish

October 3, 2012 at 5:13 am (Birds - Georgia, Georgia, Nature, Photography) (, , , , )

Wood Stork caught an Atlantic needlefish – and swallowed it whole!

I was sitting on the beach at Jekyll Island, Georgia on Monday, and saw a wood stork fishing in the ocean about a quarter mile away.  Not only did I not know the storks fished in saltwater, but I also was amazed that it was quite close to some fellows seining for shrimp.  It wasn’t begging, but was perhaps an opportunist, hoping that the activity would scare up something yummy.  I decided to go for a closer look, and just as I got there this guy/gal caught a fish.  A really really really big fish. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cochran Shoals Birds

April 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, National Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , )

Yellow-crowned Night Heron munching a crawdad

It was a perfect birding day.  Warm, overcast, no wind, and — once away from the traffic — quiet.  Cochran Shoals is a unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and its wide dirt trail is popular with joggers, fitness buffs, and dog walkers.  Aside from one other birder, I was the only one carrying binoculars.  How can somebody simply cruise by with music plugs in their ears and not enjoy the bird song or the flowers?   Read the rest of this entry »

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Red-headed Woodpeckers

February 8, 2012 at 4:38 am (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

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I have only gotten glimpses of red-headed woodpeckers in Micanopy, Florida and Manhattan, Kansas. Now I have a chance to feast my eyes on these colorful birds here in Atlanta.  The bare oaks in Grant Park make it easy to find them poking the bark for grubs. Read the rest of this entry »

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