Wordless Wednesday: Don’t Bite More Than You Can… Swallow. Frame by Frame.

double crested cormorant caught a fish 0
Just lost a big fish. Let me dive for it again…
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Oh, there you are, that was easy…
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Now we just need to get you up…
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There you go…up…
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I said UP you go!
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Oh no! Eeeek!
What’s he doing? All that noise…this is not gonna end well…
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Help! He’s trying to escape!
OMG! I can't watch this!
OMG! I can’t watch this!
Swing...up you go!
Swing…up you go!
You're huge, alright...
You’re huge, alright…
...but down you go!
…but down you go!
That's it! My throat is so full...
That’s it! My stomach…er…throat is so full…
...now just need to stretch a little...
…now just need to stretch a little…
...and flap my wings. Aah, that feels better.
…and flap my wings. Aah, that feels better.

 

 

70 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Don’t Bite More Than You Can… Swallow. Frame by Frame.”

    1. Oh yes, much easier for us to get our food stuff! He struggled at least 2-3 minutes with this big fish. And all his feathered friends stopped whatever they were doing and watched the drama unfold in the deep water just below the osprey nest πŸ™‚

    1. Happy this brought a smile, Takami ❀ It was an unbelievable show of determination on the part of the Cormorant. He lost the fish once and then went after it again and "won" πŸ™‚

    1. I’d say this bird has a “flexi-throat”. You know, like we have in our jeggings, spandex and all πŸ™‚ The osprey nest is just above this deep part of the marsh and Sandy was truly looking down on the spectacle! I’m sure she thought “so much fuss about a small fish” ….

    1. Thanks dear Amy! I’m slowly getting better at capturing action. The day before I took this series, the same Cormorant caught a fish but I was not ready for his action and got a few blurry unusable pictures, so I’m learning πŸ™‚ Hugs!!! Tiny

      1. Taking action pics is not easy, Tiny. I think you are doing an outstanding job of not only getting phenomenal photos, but you as well are learning as you go along. Now, that is how I learn too!! Not with videos explaining diffraction. LOL Couldn’t help but throw that in again …. I’m still laughing.

    1. Thanks Nancy. That’s one of the funnies birds shots I’ve taken. This Night Heron was preening his wings and suddenly decided to peek out from underneath.

    1. Thanks Cindy. It was quite a spectacle, lasted 2-3 minutes, and “everybody” watched it from around the water, including Mama Osprey from her nest just above.

    1. That’s right! But before the fish went down, the Cormorant was fairly vocal. And Mama Osprey watched the spectacle from her nest right above this deep part of the marsh.

    1. Thanks Kathy. I was really lucky because this fellow tried the same thing the day before yesterday…and I missed half the shots. So I was more prepared when I saw him again – and he didn’t disappoint πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Amy! There were several Night Herons around, they were all completely awake watching the spectacle, and so was Mama Osprey whose nest is just above that deep part of the water πŸ™‚

  1. Amazing captures here! Wow that looked like quite a struggle to get that big fish down! So can the cormorant really digest that whole thing okay? Does the unlucky fish get swallowed down desperately wriggling the whole way as well?! Keep it up! πŸ˜‰

      1. Oh interesting! I’ve never witnessed such an event before. I have to ask/wonder, wouldn’t a fish that size stand any slim chance of escape or damaging the birds stomach if eaten in that condition? Can the bird consume it bones and all??

        1. The fish has a good chance of escape, and they do sometimes, but once eaten and pressed down the very elastic throat, they’ll not do damage in the stomach. Everything is digested.

          1. Just stumbled across you cool blog again! In the image “…but down you go!” was that the moment where the shocked big/spiky fish was destined as dinner for the cormorant? I can’t help but pity the poor fishes fate, hopefully it made a good meal for the bird in the stretching phase!

          2. Oh interesting! I have never witnessed an event like this before. I can’t help but think that the fish could wriggle up and out to freedom if eaten whole?? Is the battle truly over and the fish succumbs from life to lunch inside?

            You have some other cool blogs as well, keep it up! πŸ˜‰

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