Fish for lunch

Bird Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds that eat Fish as their Primary Diet

A White-faced Heron

Silver Gulls like fish…..and chips

Osprey with lunch

White-bellied Sea Eagle on the lookout for lunch

The Great Cormorant has his lunch

A Darter chasing fish

A Pied Cormorant thinking of lunch

Pelican cruising the water looking for fish

32 thoughts on “Fish for lunch

      1. A fishing spider anchors its hind legs onto a plant or rock and extends its front legs on the surface of the water to sense ripples. While this technique is mostly reserved for catching insects that accidentally fall into the water, it also works for snaring a small fish – if it’s unlucky enough to brush its dorsal fin against the outstretched spider legs.

        The spider then bites the fish at the base of the head and kills it using the powerful mix of neurotoxins that is spider venom. The last step is to drag the fishy meal somewhere dry so it can be pumped full of digestive enzymes before devouring.

        Spiders usually catch prey that is only about 20 per cent of their own size, and insects have a relatively small tissue mass versus the crunchy parts that spiders can’t eat.

        However, in the case of struggling with a fish the risk seems worth it – on average the fish caught were 2.2 times larger than the spiders’ body length.

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  1. But please don’t show me photos of spiders eating fish!! Lovely selection of birds here and even though I miss your colourful friends from your garden it’s nice to see the other birds in your area. You really captured some lovely images here.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I don’t have any fish eating spider photos yet but they are very interesting insects. Aren’t you just a bit interested in how they catch fish?

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  2. The only animal on this entire planet I am afraid of are birds. Don’t ask me why. Still, I love these pictures of them devouring their prey because I am not among them. LOL.
    Not kidding.
    I love your photography, I see pictures in every frame.
    Anita

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  3. Love, love, love, Brian. I haven’t been the Preserve for a few weeks and I can’t wait to get back to see what the birds are doing and what progress spring has made. I remember watching “Birds” in high school and thinking it was kind of dumb. But after walking so much in Illinois and here where there are so many birds, it really would be terrifying if they all suddenly decided to attack humans.

    janet

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  4. Another great gallery of birds! Interesting image of the Darter! Looked like he or she was coming right at you.

    I’d like to have some fish n chips about right now. It has been over a year since I enjoyed a nice piece of maui or halibut. I’d take tilapia or cod at this point. One of the first things I want to go do after I get my vaccine is eat at our favorite seafood restaurant. For not, I get to watch all the birds enjoying their catch. πŸ™‚

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