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Ron W

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#260472 Runt No Longer

Posted by Ron W on Yesterday, 08:36 AM

If you all recall, I posted an image entitled "Size Difference" a few days ago showing a big difference in size of two GBH chicks. Well, the little guy has caught-up. I'm not sure which one is the former little guy, I think that's him on the left, but that's not much more than a guess on my part. In any event, they now both are close to being the same size.

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#260466 Still Alive

Posted by Ron W on 24 March 2019 - 08:58 PM

You all remember the photo I posted a few days ago showing a GBH that had been seriously wounded and had his tongue hanging out the bottom of his bill? He is still alive and looking pretty healthy...considering. I saw him again today (3/24) and was pleased to see him flying in to a nest. Wow

 

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#260465 Close-Up Fledgeling

Posted by Ron W on 24 March 2019 - 08:13 PM

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#260455 Great Egret Landing

Posted by Ron W on 23 March 2019 - 08:11 PM

Very cool shot Ron, flaps out tail hook down!

No bolters Jim.




#260447 Great Egret Landing

Posted by Ron W on 23 March 2019 - 01:13 PM

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#260435 The Colour of Spring

Posted by Ron W on 22 March 2019 - 08:37 PM

Now that says Spring. Pretty shot.




#260398 Size Difference

Posted by Ron W on 21 March 2019 - 09:41 AM

Check out the size difference between these two chicks. I have never seen this much difference in chick size before.

 

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#260345 Down For The Count

Posted by Ron W on 19 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

Playing "Hide and Seek" here. The catfish is on the way down, and  as you can see there is a bulge it the bottom of the anhinga's bill caused by the left pectoral spine of the catfish. Doesn't appear to have caused a puncture though. This was the second catfish I watched this bird catch and eat that day.

 

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#260344 Down For The Count

Posted by Ron W on 19 March 2019 - 10:38 AM

As I mentioned earlier, the Anhinga smashes the catfish on the tree limb until it is dead, or at least stops moving its tail, He then proceeds to turn the fish so that he can swallow it head first. Seems to me that eating a catfish of any size would be a risky proposition in view of their shiny pectoral, and dorsal fins. Looks like a good way to puncture something important internally. In any event, it must be safe as I see lots of Anhingas eating lots of catfish. I'll post an image of this one being swallowed momentarily. This is the limb smashing part.

 

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#260286 Not Much To Show For A Lot Of Effort

Posted by Ron W on 15 March 2019 - 08:44 AM

Venice Rookery, Venice , FL

 

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#260265 Great Egret Gets Nod Of Approval From Mate

Posted by Ron W on 14 March 2019 - 10:45 AM

Venice Rookery

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#260264 New, New, Anhinga with Catfish

Posted by Ron W on 14 March 2019 - 10:24 AM

I was lucky enough yesterday to catch this bird on the same tree root killing and eating two small catfish. It was interesting to see how the anhinga killed the catfish by repeatedly pounding it on a large root till it stopped moving. It then turned the fish headfirst and began the laborious  task of swallowing it.

 

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#260251 New Anhinga With Regular "Ol Bank Catfish

Posted by Ron W on 13 March 2019 - 09:56 PM

Wife and I went back to the Venice Rookery this afternoon. The light was pretty good most of the day, this image was shot through mangrove roots on top, left and right, that an OOF mangrove to the left of the bird.  Water droplets are from bird emerging from underwater.

 

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#260227 Great Egret

Posted by Ron W on 13 March 2019 - 11:26 AM

Another cloudy day shot, pretty high ISO.

 

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#260133 Cloudy Day GBH

Posted by Ron W on 08 March 2019 - 10:13 AM

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