Posts Tagged ‘American Coot

23
Apr
12

Bald Eagle Carrying Food to the Nest

With having to return to work today, last evening was the last chance for this weekend to capture anymore eagle shots.  I had a very good weekend photographing many small birds; bluebirds, cardinals, a piper I haven’t identified yet, geese, ducks, whitetail deer, warblers of varying kinds, some thrushes and finally an eagle flew right over my spot.

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Bald Eagles are opportunists; fishing, hunting or scavenging for food.  I have many photos of eagles scavenging road-killed deer as well as photos of them fishing.  These are the first photos I have of an eagle showing they can hunt as well.  Hidden behind a bush which prevented them from seeing me as they flew back across the lake toward their nest this eagle flew directly over me carrying an American Coot or what we call a marsh hen.  The American Coot pictured below is from my picture archive taken in March of 2009.  Coots are a favorite meal of Bald Eagles.

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Since this bird is carrying food back to the nest it also means their eaglets have hatched.  The eaglets will hatch around the last week of March to the first week of April.  They grow quickly, requiring the parents to make more and more trips with food back to the nest.  Last night as I sat photographing they made four trips in and out of the nest, bringing back a coot each time.

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Right as this eagle reached the tree-line and disappeared he spotted me.  The three other trips made into the nest took a different route, but I still got some nice shots as they carried food back to the young.

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16
Mar
09

American Coot

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American Coots swim like a duck but have feet like a chicken.

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I didn’t get a shot of the feet, but you can see the green legs.

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More commonly known as Marsh Hens they swim and forage around areas inhabited by ducks and geese.

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What do they eat?

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They seem fond of muck.




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