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Birdchick Blog: Anhinga vs Fish

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Anhinga vs Fish

Well, my adventure in Florida is winding to a close. This morning, I'm packing, starting to deal with email, and sorting photos for blog entries about the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. I have over 1300 to sift through from the festival from beautiful places like scrub oak habitat to unique places like a landfill in Daytona. Many more blog entries about the magic of birding in Florida are to follow in the coming week.

For the moment, I share these FABulous photos from my buddy Clay Taylor took of an anhinga trying to eat a fish that is entirely too big for it:

I ran into him during one of our field trips to Viera Wetlands. We were trying to get our field trip a least bittern. I saw Clay up ahead photographing like crazy and wondered if he had it. When I approached, he pointed our on the water and I could see what had peaked his interest. Check ou the above anhinga and the size of fish between its beak! Here's a zoom in:

Our field trip had watched a few anginga and cormorants with fish seemingly too big for their mouth and eventually swallow them. Clay had been on this anhing for quite some time and it was getting tired. The fish flipped wildly to escape being eaten, but the anhinga was determined not to give up such a prize catch.

The anhinga valiantly tried to swallow the enormous fish, several times, but alas, the fish would not be swallowed. No matter how wide the anhinga would make its mouth, the fish would simply not fit through. The anhinga held on to the fish and put it under water to try and get a better grip, but the fish won out.

Here is an upclose shot of the Gulp FAIL. Clay got some fantastic shots of this scene digiscoping with his SLR camera and scope!

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Blogger Fiona Barclay said...

Holy Crap! that's amazing!

1/27/2009 7:34 AM  
Blogger momo said...

"Gulp FAIL" You are so funny!
Those are epic pictures.

1/27/2009 9:15 AM  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Brilliant pictures. I am actually glad for the fish.

1/27/2009 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I get the RSS feed for your blog?

1/27/2009 11:20 AM  
Blogger birdchick said...


You click on the RSS icon up by the address bar.

If that doesn't make sense, there is this:

1/27/2009 11:37 AM  
Blogger Wren said...

I love this - great photos and hysterically funny. You two make a great team.

1/28/2009 7:53 PM  
Anonymous curt said...

That reminds me of the article of guys who died after saying 'hey guys, watch this!'

2/08/2009 10:07 PM  

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