Friday, February 22, 2013

Death on the Beach!

Not all the fascinating stuff at the beach is underwater. Last weekend, during my surface interval, I got to watch a black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) stalking in the surf for prey. Before too long, it lunged its bill into the water and came up with a lavender tang (Acanthurus nigrofuscus).

Photo Copyright 2013 by Barry Fackler
It spent the following few minutes orienting the fish so it would go head first down its throat (otherwise the spines would catch) and then the hapless tang made it's last swim down the bird's alimentary canal.

Photo Copyright 2013 by Barry Fackler
Not a happy ending for our finny friend but birds have to eat, too!


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