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Great Egret Swallowing Prey

Great Egret Swallowing Prey

Ardea Alba

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Glenn County, California

 

This particular character had just caught and swallowed a small aquatic bird (see photo below ... I couldn't tell what kind it was). You could see the lump in the egret's throat until it straightened out here, and then the prey disappeared altogether. I didn't know that egrets hunted other birds!!!

 

This image is straight from camera, no post-processing except to reduce file size.

 

More information on the Great Egret, including their diet, is available here:

 

www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Great_Egret...

  

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Taken on January 2, 2009