I am still asking for readers to send their photos in, as at most I have a week’s contributions in reserve. Thank you!
Today is Sunday, and that means another batch of themed bird photos from biologist John Avise. I particularly like this week’s theme, which involves two groups of animals. (As you’ll see, John knows his fish as well as he knows his birds.) His notes and IDs are indented, and you can click on his photos to enlarge them.
Piscivorous Birds with Their Fish
Many birds are piscivorous (fish-eating), so it’s common to see piscivores in action. Occasionally, I’ve managed to photograph a bird and its piscine prey with sufficient detail to reveal the general type or even the species of fish recently captured (this is often helped by knowing the piscine species that inhabit the body of water where the bird was feeding). In this batch of photos, I try to identify not only the piscivorous bird but also the type of fish it is about to consume. The White Tern was photographed in Hawaii; all other pictures were taken in southern California.
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) with topmelt silverside:
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri) with topsmelt silverside:
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) with topsmelt silverside:
Least Tern with unknown fish:
Osprey with unknown fish:
Another Osprey with mullet:
Osprey with partially eaten fish:
White Tern (Gygis alba) and chick with unknown eel-like fish:
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) with unknown fish:
Anhinga swallowing sculpin: