Poised motionless for some time before jumping into action.
Quick return to Yasi debris tossed to lagoon margin by shire cleanup team.
Near head-first positioning of fish, ready for fast swallow.
More distant, and a Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarba melanoleucos) matches the egret's catch size.
Footnote: Fishing world full of ones that got away, but only rarely would such stories be told in the bird world!
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