January 11, 2020
Another attempt to try and put some distance between the reality of humanity and my little world.
This is fairly common behavior in some egrets and herons. The strategy involves shading the water with outstretched wings. Small fish may then possibly seek refuge from the sun and swim into the shade provided by the wings. A Tri-colored Heron at Fort DeSoto State Park in Florida.
The bird can also hide the reflections of his neck and beak by tucking his head up under one wing.
When Osprey carry their prey, they always re-position the fish so that its head faces forward in a streamlined position for transporting through the air.
HIDE AND SEEK
While Osprey are primarily solitary birds, Eagles tend to congregate in large numbers near an abundant food supply. This is especially true for northern birds in winter months. This poses a unique problem brought on by the birds themselves. Eagles are notoriously lazy predators. It seems they prefer to let someone else do the work and then they swoop in and go for the steal.
At a place like Conowingo Dam in Maryland, the water below the dam doesn’t freeze so many birds from further north congregate here in the winter. It’s not unusual to see a bird make a catch in the river and then as if out of nowhere, two or three birds will descend and the chase is on.
So instead of carrying it’s prey out in the open like the Osprey, an eagle will often tuck the fish up under it’s tail feathers to shield it’s meal from would be robbers.
TAKE OUT FOR ONE
And if the Eagle doesn’t want to take any chance of his meal being stolen, he will take a glance down to make sure the fish is secured
And will then consume the fish in the air immediately after the catch as I witnessed along the James River in Virginia.