When the Great Egret catches a Crawdad I notice that it moves it around in its beak making sure it is crushing every part of it.
The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
This post was mentioned on the American Birding Association Blog: Blog Birding #29
- Aperture: ƒ/5.6
- Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
- Focal length: 500mm
- ISO: 640
- Shutter speed: 1/2000s