ARA Photography | Little Grebe with Fish

Created 29-Nov-11
Modified 30-Nov-11
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This sequence of shots is one of the ironies of the natural world. Shot from one of the lakeside pavilions around around Qurum Park lake it shows the struggle of an adult Little Grebe to swallow a large fish it had caught.

I say irony because, as in the sequence of the Grey Heron which had caught and killed an adult Little Grebe, this Little Grebe was, like the Heron, unable to swallow its prey.

I have no idea how much energy this little bird spent on trying to consume its prey but time and again it thrashed it about in the water and repeatedly tried to swallow it.

Finally it gave up and the lifeless fish just slowly sank to the bottom of the small pool the Grebe had caught it in.