Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) is known to forage in shallow waters, catching small fish, prawns, frogs and other vertebrates. In the image shown above, Lee Tiah Khee caught the bittern in the act of catching a frog along a patch of water weeds.
KC a.k.a. Pittalover has similarly photographed this bittern catching a frog in a January 2009 posting. He sighted the bittern “‘frogging’ in the watery grassland at Tuas. It was so focused on catching its breakfast that it did not seem to be bothered by our close approach. I’m glad we did not flush away its meal.”
Image by Lee Tiah Khee.
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