Dyeyo got an extra Father’s Day gift today when this Anhinga posed for us at the Circle B Bar Reserve. The Anhinga surfaced with a catfish and proceeded to eat it, to the delight of the Birdie Paparazzi! (Hey, Squirt, it’s a catfish!)
So if you’ve never swallowed a fish whole before, here’s how to do it:
First you have to spear the fish. This includes a nice dive into the water.
Then you beat the fish into submission:
Then you toss the fish into the air and catch it in your beak. Note: if you’re uncomfortable about your prey looking at you while you eat it, then this kind of dining may not be for you.
Next you tip your head back to allow the fish to slide down your throat.
Open really wide!
Finally, after a nice gulp, sit there for a minute to let things settle. Then dive into the water and start fishing again!
Want to learn more about nature photography at Circle B Bar Reserve?
Check out my Circle B Bar Reserve page with more information about the location, map, website, photography tips, etc. It is archived by date so you can see my images from previous visits. Maybe you'll be inspired for your own trip!
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