The Frog and the Heron

After the Catalina Park I went back to Sweetwater Wetlands, always a sure place to get some good pictures. As I am doing my best on Cinnamon Teals, an old lady asks me: did you see the Heron with the big frog? A black-crowned night heron managed to catch a big frog, but had hard a hard time swallowing it.

When I take the first picture the heron has been working the frog for quite a while already. He is starting a new round.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

It did not get very far, so the heron tries it again.

Black-crowned Night Heron and Frog

Black-crowned Night Heron and Frog

It is not easy though, so yet another try:

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

This time it is getting better, but there are clearly too many legs.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Give it some time, and most of the frog is gone:

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Finally, the job is done and the heron seems quite content. You would think it is enough food for a days.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

This is nature at work, too bad for the frog, but a good catch for the heron and the photographer.

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