White-Faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae catches a snake for lunch

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Videograb: The White-Faced Heron manipulating the small snake in its beak just before swallowing it whole. Wong Kais. 26 May 2023. Inman River, Victor Harbor.


A quiet stroll by the beach rewarded Wong Kais with a video of a White-Faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae catching a slithery reptile for lunch. Kais managed to capture the bird’s hunting strategy. The rather big bluish-grey bird, approximately 70 cm in height, caught his attention. He decided to train his camera on it and follow its movements.  The bird caught its lunch and ate the writhing snake whole within seconds of it being caught.  View the video below to see the quick snack the heron had.

Text by Teo Lee Wei.

Video by Wong Kais.

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