Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bigger fish catch on

Commented a bit back that Intermediate Egrets (Ardea intermedia) usually take very small fish. Naturally, along comes an exception.


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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1 comment:

Sally Fyfield said...

Thanks for your fantastic photos. I love the cheeky sunbirds!