That’s quite a mouthful! Peckish bird swallows 18-inch long fish in ONE gulp after spending ten minutes lining up his dinner
This is the moment a peckish bird swallowed an 18-inch long fish in one go after spending 10 minutes to line it up perfectly.
The determined double-crested cormorant took its time manoeuvring the 2ft-long alligator gar before devouring it for dinner, after catching it in a nearby canal in Florida.
The clever bird then effortlessly polished off the gar in just a matter of seconds.
The determined double-crested cormorant took its time manoeuvring the 2ft-long alligator gar before devouring it for dinner, after catching it in a nearby canal in Florida
The clever bird then effortlessly polished off the 1.5ft long gar in just a matter of seconds
Todd Lawrence travelled to the Arthur R Marshall National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach to take the photographs
Todd Lawrence, a financial advisor and amateur photographer, captured the fascinating moment the bird tucked into his dinner.
The 44-year-old said, who travelled to the Arthur R Marshall National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach to take the photographs, said: ‘While waiting for the sun to set, I saw a bird jumping around the boat loading ramp and hopping up and down excitedly so I went to investigate further.
‘As I got closer and got a better angle, I found the bird with the fish and began snapping away.
‘The double-crested cormorants will swim under water and chase the fish.
‘Cormorants are notorious for tossing their catch in the air and swallowing it that way.
‘However this particular fish, due to its size took about 10 minutes of persistence and positioning before the bird could get it more in a straight line to be swallowed.
‘The positioning of the fish was what took the longest, once it was positioned it took no time at all and was swallowed in a constant motion in a few seconds.’
Mr Lawrence said: ‘As I got closer and got a better angle, I found the bird with the fish and began snapping away’
The bird took around 10 minutes to line up its dinner and swallowed the fish in one gulp
In just a matter of seconds the bird had gulped the fish. It had caught its dinner at a nearby canal in Florida
Mr Lawrence, from Lake Worth, Florida, added: ‘The bird caught the fish in the canal area by the loading ramp and it was a good sized alligator gar.
‘It was much bigger than I thought the bird could handle and the biggest fish I have seen a cormorant ever eat.
‘It was a very unique experience for me due to the size of the fish, and the fact that it was gar fish which is uncommon for a cormorant to catch.
‘I have seen raptors and herons feed and chase fish, but was impressed with the determination this bird had to get the meal in its belly.’