**weekly wildlife 5-5, 5-12**

Started May 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Big birds and little birds in Florida - Feeding and Fighting
In reply to steelhead3, May 5, 2013

Picking up where I left off last week, we've been getting good wading bird action with lots of them here to nest and mate, and some here for the summer which is already here in Florida - and still just a few of the small migrating birds who are almost gone, the last of them working their way north.  All shots A580 & Minolta 300mm F4 APO & APO II 1.4x TC:

This great blue heron got himself one heck of a large fish

He spent a long time walking around with it, trying to figure out how to swallow it down - eventually he had to put it down and start hacking it apart with his pointy bill

Despite being white, this bird is actually a 'little blue heron'.  When they're young, they start out white and slowly convert over to the dusky blue color they're known for and named for

The pretty little prairie warbler, one of the last of the migrators that headed through my area

The bold yellow color and black contrasting stripes make the prairie warbler a lovely subject to photograph

Colorful purple gallinule, climbing out on a reed to get to the flower buds

Partially leucistic grackle - she's supposed to be all brown

This is a lesser yellowlegs - a pretty little shorebird who likes to visit the wetland shallows to feed

Moorhens look pretty peaceful - but when two of them have a dispute, their fights can be violent and mean looking!

These guys could qualify for mixed martial arts league

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