On Monday, 1/23/12, at Las Gallinas Valley Sanitation District in San Rafael while waiting for the wintering Short-eared Owls to appear after sunset we watched a Great Egret catch at least two rodents in the marsh. Though dark, I was able to obtain some photos of this interesting behavior.
|We first noticed this Great Egret catching rodents just past sunset, so though dark, there was still enough light to get some photos.|
|A vole perhaps?|
|It manipulated the rodent in its bill for a short period of time before swallowing.|
|Check out the lump in its throat.|
|Got another one!|
By Luke Musher