Welcome to Week #46 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #46 challenge is birds perched up on anything.
The feature image is an Osprey perched up on a Cypress snag eating lunch.
Birds are much easier to photograph when they are perched up on something. A perch is a place for a bird to rest and observe their surroundings. They use perches to scan the area for predators. Predators perch themselves up in search of their next meal. Most bird species will use perches to enjoy said meal.
Anna’s Hummingbird was perched up in the desert at Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bright lights are not the only magnificent sight in Vegas. The hummers here in Florida almost never stay still so when we went out west to visit, we were amazed at how long they would stay in one spot.
This Eastern Phoebe came around last spring and stuck around until winter. I haven’t seen it yet this year, but the Eastern Bluebirds just got back. Since the mosquito population has returned, maybe this guy will be back soon too. Eastern Phoebes are flycatchers that usually sit upright and will wag their tail from their low perches. It was raining on this day and this little song bird was waiting for the right time to strike.
This Pine Warbler was a frequent visitor to the feeders this spring. The birds were crazy about Frank’s newly built feeders. 2021 is the first year that we have had this species in our yard even though they are quite common in Florida year round.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker entertained me for more than 20 minutes. Flying to the feeders and back to the palm tree in our front yard. He stashed his peanuts in the fronds of the palm.
The Carolina Wren perched up on the water barrel near the garage with some kind of flying insect in its beak. He was enroute to the nest that had 3 hungry baby chicks. The female was right behind him with some live mealworms that we had put out.
This is the pair of Red-shouldered Hawks that perched up on the fence at the park. I left the flying photo below in the post because that bird is the one that was on the left. It completes the story of why he was angry with me. He was in hot pursuit of the female on the right.
This Mourning Dove perched up on the branches above the feeders making sure the coast was clear for the whole gang to embark upon the feeders. They are messy eaters and scatter seeds all over the ground allowing others in their flock to eat from the ground. They store the seeds in an enlargement of the esophagus called the crop. After they busily eat to their heart’s content, they can fly to a safe perch to digest the meal.
This Tricolored Heron was perched up on a branch waiting for his photo op. He is in full breeding plumage.
We got to visit this Macaw at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida. He was quite used to people and would say hello when you got near.
This Bald Eagle was just coming into adulthood. There was still some black mottling in the feathers on the head where it looked like he had stuck his head in a pile of black coal and shook it loose…a little on the dirty side.
Great Blue Heron stands tall as the sun breaks the darkness on an early morning sunrise over Cape Canaveral Space Center in Titusville, Florida.
Next time…Week #47 – Birds with a color in their name like Yellow-throated Warbler or Mountain Bluebird or White Ibis. (5/14/21)