Saturday, January 7, 2012

Heron in shabby yabby grabby

Shabby image in Tyto yesterday as immature Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) nabs a yabby: first live - for 10 seconds – cray prey I’ve come across.

Young bird active lately and relatively approachable. Unlike the Black Bitterns, which have been haunting same hunting grounds, but much more warily.
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Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
Do the Herons bash the Yabbies to death, before swallowing them?
Or just do the old Open and Throw-back Trick?
Just curious.
I suppose as long as it goes down tail first, it might be OK, even if live.
But seeing the claws about to go down the throat would worry me. But I am not an experienced Yabby hunter, like they are.

Tyto Tony said...

So far as I could see, it was quick moves to more or less align yabby head first and even quicker gulps to down it. No bashing or thrashing.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Tony.
I know they take fish head first, as the scales go down smoothly that way.
I just wondered if they adjusted their technique for Yabbies.
Apparently not.

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