Welcome to the Feather Light Photography Blog.  Look here for photos documenting unusual, noteworthy, or simply amusing bird behavior. I hope you enjoy it.

Steve Zamek

Skimming for fish

August 15, 2021
Among all of the avian species in the world, the skimmer is unique. A specialized beak, where the lower mandible is longer than the upper, allows for an unlikely, but eff...
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Skimmer Skirmish

August 12, 2021
Black Skimmers are very entertaining birds. They’re best known for their amazing feeding behavior: flying (skimming) just above the surface of the water with the lower ma...
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Eating On The Run

December 31, 2020
White-tailed kites usually consume their prey (typically a small rodent) by first carrying it to a safe perch. They then methodically open up the prey with their beak, re...
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Interspecific Feeding. Again!

July 12, 2020
A few years ago I was lucky to find some Pygmy Nuthatches feeding a pair of Mountain Bluebird chicks — an example of apparently rare behavior referred to as interspecific...
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How to Prepare a Crayfish

November 12, 2019
Crayfish are a favorite food of Hooded Mergansers, but they're not easily consumed. A certain amount of preparation is required. See the photos below to see how this hood...
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A Busy Day at the Cormorant Colony

April 19, 2019
A colony of nesting Brandt’s Cormorants is a busy place. The birds place their nests on the ground in close proximity to neighboring nests, leading to a rather chaotic at...
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One Day in Sulawesi

September 04, 2018
A planned 3-week trip through Indonesia got off to a good start with a visit to Tangkoko Nature Reserve on the island of Sulawesi. But the trip was suddenly cut short by...
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Burrowing Owl Family

June 28, 2018
I was recently lucky enough to observe a family of Burrowing Owls. There were 8 young birds and 2 adults, although not all are are seen at once in the video below. I've s...
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Feeding Time for Peregrine Chicks

June 07, 2018
A pair of Peregrine Falcons have set up their nest not far from where I live, providing an opportunity for observation and photography. The parents have chosen a fine loc...
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Curious Owlets, v2

May 17, 2018
Here's a cute video of some Great Horned Owls (a mother with her chicks) as they watch swallows flying about their nest. The young birds are generally rather lethargic du...
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The Fallen Owlet

May 16, 2018
Every year, around February, we greet a pair of Great Horned Owls. The first sign is finding the mother sitting on the nest day after day, patiently tending her eggs and...
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Feeding a Young Woodpecker

April 10, 2018
I ran across this old video which I think is pretty cute. It captures a Nuttall's Woodpecker nestling (nearly ready to fledge) being fed by its parent.
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Bubbling for Babes

April 08, 2018
Of all the North American ducks, the Ruddy Duck exhibits, in my opinion, the most interesting courtship display. The male duck slaps its bill against its breast feathers,...
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Cormorant Courtship

April 02, 2018
I recently had the opportunity to visit a nesting colony of Brandt’s Cormorants. As expected, the birds were busy collecting nest material, bickering, mating, and perform...
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Blast-Off !!!

December 20, 2017
A wildlife spectacle occurs every winter in California’s central valley, where huge numbers of waterfowl spend the winter. By visiting any of the National Wildlife Refuge...
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