Animals of massive proportions are not hard to eat for a heron because they use a specially adapted eating technique that helps them swallow large prey whole.
The grey heron is a species of meat-eating predatory wading birds that live on and around water; they are waterbirds that don’t swim but wade through the water. The heron is a hunting bird that uses its long sharp beak to catch animals while silently and patiently stalking its intended prey; they are water waders with long legs traversing their aquatic domains. The heron attacks and feeds on other animals because they are carnivorous predators; they are a top avian predator and are exceptional hunters of all kinds of prey animals that live and breed worldwide.
These images capture the moment a hungry heron plucked a tiny yellow duckling from the pond in Dublin’s Herbert Park – and proceed to swallow it whole
Photographer Paul Hughes took the shots after a week of stormy weather, which flooded the nearby River Dodder and left the gray heron unable to fish. Driven further afield by starvation, the predator arrived at the park pond to seek an alternative meal. As adult ducks loudly quacked their alarm, the heron patrolled the pond for several minutes. Suddenly, it spotted a duckling that had become trapped in some wire mesh that covered the pond’s piping.
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