Saturday, June 25, 2016

Birds with Fish: Snowy Egret

Finally (in this series) the Snowy Egret -- also taken at Sweetwater Wetlands:

Snowy Egret with Fish

Snowy Egret with Fish

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Birds with Fish: Green Heron

Next up the elusive Green Heron. Obviously, not quite so elusive at Sweetwater Wetlands where the following two photos were taken:

Green Heron with Fish

Green Heron with Fish

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Birds with Fish: Great Egret

Next up, the Great Egret. The first photo was taken at Sweetwater Wetlands. The Second photo from Agua Caliente Regional Park in Tucson:

Great Egret with Fish

Great Egret with Fish

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Birds with Fish: Great Blue Heron

Welcome Barbados! Barbados is now the 128th country to visit this blog. How nice!

Now, continuing my series on Birds with Fish, we come to the Great Blue Heron. While not the best photo (the weed bed is too distracting), here is a Great Blue Heron with an enormous fish. How he got that down is beyond me -- but he did:

Great Blue Heron

Friday, June 17, 2016

Birds with Fish: Brown Pelican

A curious bird is the Pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can
He can take in his beak, enough food for a week
And I'm darned if I know how the helican.

Here's a Brown Pelican taking in a fish from Lakeside Park in Tucson:

Brown Pelican

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Birds with Fish: Black Crowned Night Heron

Up next in the series, the Black Crowned Night Heron. Lakeside Park is probably the most reliable place in Southern Arizona to find the BCNH. 

Here a Black Crowned Night Heron decides to show me his catch:

Black Crowned Night Heron

Monday, June 13, 2016

Birds with Fish: Bald Eagle

Back on April 29th I started a series on Birds with Fish (having just completed a series on Birds Eating Bugs). That series was interrupted by several birding trips yielding good photos. Now, it's June 13th, no more scheduled birding trips for another 10 days, so I'll try to finish the Birds with Fish series.

Today's photo comes from the Skagit River in the Washington State Cascade Mountains. The Skagit River is a favorite spawning ground for King (Chinook), Red (Sockeye), Silver (Coho), Pink (Humpy), and Chum (Dog) salmon. It is also a major spawning ground for Steelhead Trout.

With such a feast available, it is a favorite dining spot for Bald Eagles. Between November and January, 500-600 Bald Eagles live along its banks, feeding on the salmon once the salmon die.

Here is an adult Bald Eagle sitting on a 30ish pound salmon (probably a King).

Bald Eagle with Salmon on Skagit River, Washington