Several months ago I offered up a post here at BiF called "Being Birds" that featured several images of birds engaged in different activities associated with their daily lives. This time around we'll have a theme - birds with food - that I came up with while, you guessed it, preparing my own meal.
To begin our banquet, a Bald Eagle with the catch-of-the-day in Homer, Alaska.
Fish/seafood will appear on our menu frequently; here a Double-crested Cormorant (love those blue eyes!) struggles with a catfish caught in the swamp along Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park. If you've never been there, by the way, put it on your list of places to go. Great photo ops, often at close range - of both birds and alligators.
I have several photos of this Western Meadowlark in North Dakota with some kind of insect, but I've never quite figured out what it was. Shall we add it to our salad for a little crunch?
Fort De Soto Park on Florida's west side will always be one of my favorite places for shorebirds. This Wilson's Plover has just plucked a nice little crab out of the sand.
Over on the other coast of Florida, this young Herring Gull has a nice starfish that I never saw get eaten by any of the gulls that day, though many were being caught. Just always wondered how they managed to break off the legs so they could swallow them.
Not far from where this photo was taken (Ponce Inlet, FL) is a restaurant called Down The Hatch, which is exactly where this fish is going, right down the Laughing Gull's "hatch."
We even have a kid's menu - the Least Tern chick will struggle, but eventually manage to swallow that fish, nearly as long as the little bird is tall, whole. Then promptly take a nap.
A little nectar to wash it all down? A female Black-chinned Hummingbird here in southern Utah.
And last, but not least, another from Fort De Soto where this Long-billed Curlew is tossing down a nice crab.
Bracing for the first blast of winter to arrive in my neck of the woods - snow followed by some bitter cold (1°F forecast for Sunday - brrr!). That'll slow down the bird activity for a few days, but the onset of winter means it's also time to start looking for Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks plus Bald Eagles coming into the area for the season. Good birding and I'll see you next month!