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Friday, October 9, 2015

"Bit Off More Than He Could Chew" - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of some Great Egrets at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

This scene unfolded for several minutes. This Egret caught a very large fish. He tried to swallow it, but was unable to. He then dropped it into the water, waited a few seconds, then retrieved it. That is the cause of the water disturbance in the first photograph. He once again tried to swallow the fish, as seen in the second photo. He finally gave up, and dropped the fish, which is the splash in the third photo.

This literally was the cliche about biting off more than one can chew. In the past, I have seen Egrets with very large prey that they caught, and they were able to crush it down into a manageable size to eat. But this is the first time I've seen one forced to give up, and forego it's catch.

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