Egrets and herons mostly strike out when they pounce, in my observation. But this Great Egret, working the mudflats at low tide on the south end of the North Basin, had some success. It snatched a fish, maybe seven inches long, out of the mud, and put quite a bit of work into shaking the mud off, squeezing most of the life out of the fish, and then sliding it down its gullet. This is a high-speed video that shows the bird’s actions in slow motion. For a similar video at normal speed, click here.
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