Are you not amazed when something little chases something big? Both had food and the gull got greedy. Animal behavior always amazes me because the unexpected is many times what occurs. The scene above is the result of the gull advancing on the Great White Egrets, frog in beak. The egret in flight dropped her fish about where the gull is standing.
These are the two players in the little drama before they flew to the small island.
This scene was very far away and my 400mm was maxed out to full zoom being handheld, so images are not very clear. But it was kinda interesting to watch.
Everybody is happy for the moment, until each gets some food. Above, the gull holds his catch and below the egret snags a fish.
They size up each others’ catch, where they should be sizing up each other.
Now look at the size of the fish compared to the gull. It is a pretty big meal to swallow for a gull. But the gull chased off the egret pair anyway.
The egret stands her ground, but only for a moment. It is like the gull is saying, “Get off my island, all the bounty is mine.”
Another egret flies in for the showdown. I bet the spectator thought, “What the heck, this is not very impressive to our species dropping a catch to a little opponent, come on fellas, there are two of you.”
Well, not worth the trouble I guess. Off they go…without their fish.
Here they landed at another small island. Hope the fishing is better.
What a great morning…or is it?
Drama for a Starling Family
This is where the Starlings are residing. It is a small building/blind next to the water used for birdwatching the song and wading birds. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Starling nestlings and the parents were frantic.
The whole time the parents were screaming, flying back and forth frantically. I thought it was me they were trying to chase off. I had no idea what was about to occur. I am standing back, photographing the parents and getting some decent images from a distance.
Each parent had a beak full of grubs for the young.
Two Goldfinch look on.
Mom sits and holds the grubs.
The concerned father waits on the split rail.
What is awaiting the parents?
Sad to see…
A baby starling in the clutch made a huge mistake, is shown at the nest entrance. I never saw this sad scene when I took the shot, I was just trying to get the nest entrance with my camera held over my head. Where are the wings on the baby bird?