Weekends are often a great time for many of us to enjoy some tasty snacks. This past weekend I watched an anhinga taking full advantage of snack time by spearing, and then flipping some small fish snacks into the air and then catching them on the way down.
The anhinga is a bird who knows how to turn snack time into fun time!
I tried this once. It’s harder than it looks. 🙂
No kidding! Once I saw a real expert do it, I realized how lame my attempts were.
That eye color is amazing!
That eye makeup they get during breeding really makes them stand out in a formal way. 🙂
Looks yummy 🙂 great catch…you not him!
I suppose he must think these little popcorn fish are particularly yummy, he kept going back for more. 😀
From the look of his eye the anhinga has other fun on his mind.
You are right and I did see the lovely Mrs. Anhinga nearby so… 😀
Io rimango sempre stupita davanti alla bellezza delle tue foto, sono favolose. Ah come vorrei riuscire anche io a fare foto così belle, wowwwww
Apprezzo molto le tue parole molto gentili, grazie. 😎
Awesome photos, Phil! Is that a goldlfish he’s eating?
Ha! It does look like a goldfish! Not sure what they are though.
Impressive catch. Impressive tricks to get the fish down the throat. Impressive photos!
Aw he’s such a show off. I can do that with M&Ms.
Of course I don’t have to swim fast under water and spear the M&Ms with my nose which could increase the difficulty some.
Plus, the M&Ms might lose their candy coating in the water. The horror!
Oh the candy coating is the best! You never want to lose that!
You know those “live chefs” who chop, dice, and cook right in front of you?! Wow, amazing capture, beautiful eyes, and I bet he was really enjoying that snack!
I strongly suspect that even thought it is work, these guys enjoy this part of the process. Why can’t birds have fun?! 😀
Great sequence. That does look like fun. I may have to try it though I might go with chocolate.
Ha that’s so funny! See what I just wrote to Miss C&Cb above!
Thanks for checking these out!
I think we need photos of you and the M&Ms for comparison purposes!!!
That just might require video!
Actually Alyce recently went to take photos of me doing that but then realized she forgot to put in a memory card.
Oh well… it happens. 🙂
Utterly magical timing…. both your catch and the anhinga’s. I’m waiting for the video of you and the M&Ms… 😛
Hope you’re feeling better!
I’m not entirely sure the world is ready for that video.
Glad you liked the anhinga’s snack time!
Feeling better, thanks. 🙂
Love the colors of his eye!
They do get some nice eye makeup during breeding season!
It looks like it caught a pet goldfish! Nice photos Phil, really colorful too.
Ha! Too funny! It does look like a pet goldfish! Don’t know what variety fish it is but I saw him catch a few of them.
These are beautiful!
I’m glad you enjoyed them Andy!
He’s really having lots of fun with that poor little fishie. Stunning captures, Phil. You’re also very quick off the mark, and a good match for Mr Anhinga. 🙂
He does look like he’s having fun, maybe more fun then he should considering out poor little fishie friend.
But so it goes in nature.
That bird is a lot faster then me, I can never spear fish on the end of my nose.
If you ever do manage it, I’d love to see a pic. 🙂
I bet. 😀
Great action shots Phil.
Thanks a million Jan!
Deftly done! Thecolours round the eyes are so striking!
They do look quite striking with their full done eye makeup during breeding season. 🙂
Great moments. Great shots!
I appreciate you looking and commenting, thank you!
Great Shots, still want to know how do you get in so close!!! Are you really that close to him!!! Beautiful Bird and great action shots…
Thanks Linda and this anhinga was indeed in fairly close. It was just off the edge of the pond and did not at all care that I was following him around.
What a colorful show-off. Dynamic shots, Phil!
Wow! Amazing shots Phil!
Thanks for handing me your card when I was attempting to capture some of the beauty-on-the-wing on the Causeway a week or so ago. This anhinga series is such fun!
I’ll be checking in often to enjoy (and get inspired by) your outstanding shots, Phil. There’s definitely a new lens in my future!