Tag Archives: Tropical

A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis

Most of the time these birds are catching small, even tiny, fish to eat. That means a lot of hard work for a little food.

Every once in a while their luck changes.

A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis
A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis

In this case a nice size crab.

A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis
A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis

Better yet, no gulls around to steal it.

A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis
A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis

The poor Ibis were the ones the Gulls robbed most often.

But not this time.

A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis
A Very Successful Hunt, Ibis

Pelicans Coming To The Sand Bar

At low tide this was the place to be… at least the Pelicans thought that.

Pelicans Coming To The Sand Bar
Pelicans Coming To The Sand Bar

They glide in, one or two at a time, and just drop into the group.

Pelicans Coming To The Sand Bar
Pelicans Coming To The Sand Bar

Considering they weight around 25 pounds (11.3 kg) this is a lot of birds.

Click any image to view full size.

Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks

In the past I made mention of how we have noticed a distinct difference between the birds in South Carolina and Florida.

Below is a close up of a Red-shouldered taken in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, southern Florida.

Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks
Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks

Size wise I think they are the same. Where I see the difference is the chest, head, and leg coloring. The Florida birds seem to have less of the red/brown coloring.

Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks
Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks
Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks
Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks

Both the Florida and South Carolina birds shown here live in a similar habitat. Swamps surrounded by forest, Florida had more of a Pine forest, however the South Carolina birds were near large pine also.

Light plays into this and the images here certainly have more sun on the Florida samples. However previous photographs with different light have shown a difference. Also there was only a 3 week difference in the photographing of both samples. Mating season should be about the same.

Below are South Carolina Hawks taken in a forest and swamp environment. The swamp here was more Cypress and Tupelo Trees than Florida.

Diet in both areas should be close.

Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks
Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks

The wings appear close, however the chest and head feathers are now much more red and distinct.

Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks
Comparing Red-shouldered Hawks

I did not want to provide any full front South Carolina birds since the time frame between the images would have been greater. I want to compare birds that should be in the same cycle. Mating plumage would change the appearance quite a bit.

I might be completely wrong, but we have had this conversation before with no thought of comparing images like this.

So… just a thought.

Spoonbill With Nothing To Do

These photographs were taken as Spoonbills began to gather end of day. For the most part as each came in they stood around looking bored.

Spoonbill With Nothing To Do
Spoonbill With Nothing To Do

Up until this time Spoonbills had stayed away from me, usually flying by. Here they flew in and landed on a nearby sand bar.

Spoonbill With Nothing To Do
Spoonbill With Nothing To Do

As often as we photograph these birds you would think I would let up on the shutter a little.

Spoonbill With Nothing To Do
Spoonbill With Nothing To Do

Not so much. Each meeting I have 100 images to deal with.