Friday, 7 October 2016

Scilly day 8 - Heron vs Eel (Lower Moors)

The last hour was spent at Lower Moors in the hope of a Jack Snipe coming close? A showy Jack at Shooters Pool was a good omen but it was in amongst the vegetation......



I hadn't even noticed a Grey Heron at Lower Moors, it was hidden at the back of the reeds but a loud splash and general commotion indicated something was occurring!! It came striding into view brandishing a writhing, thrashing strip of muscle - a monster eel.....




My first thought was 'no way', you can't just kill an eel that easily, short of severing the spinal cord?



In fact the snake has formed a question mark to maybe put the heron off?



But Herons don't give up that easily.....





And neither do eels as it resisted any attempts to be relocated in the bill!





And slowly but surely, after several stabbing blows on the ground, the eel began to weaken?




This battle had now reached  roughly 15 mins but it still looked like there was a few minutes more?


I misjudged and after taking a breather..... a couple of seconds after the shot below.....



...... the eel was gone! Merely represented by a giant bulge in the Heron's neck as the process of digestion began!



And amid all the commotion, a couple of Jack Snipe had edged closer.....


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