Incredible moment Reddish Egret ambushes unsuspecting foe

From Mail Online

By KELLY MCLAUGHLIN

Snack attack! Photographer snaps incredible moment a Reddish Egret ambushes an unsuspecting foe who is busy hunting for fish

  • The young Reddish Egret was wading through the waves to try and catch the bait fish in Sarasota, Florida
  • But just as the Reddish Egret struck lucky, a larger bird swooped in to try and steal his tasty mouthful
  • As the second Reddish Egret swooped, his mane was visibly raised as he tried to intimidate the youngster
  • Photographer Peter Brannon spotted the birds off the coast of Sarasota last week and snapped the photos

This is the moment an unsuspecting bird is ambushed by his mate as they hunted for fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

The young Reddish Egret was wading through the waves to try and catch the bait fish which are brought in with the tide in Sarasota, Florida.

But just as he struck lucky, a larger bird swooped in to try and steal his tasty mouthful.

Photographer Peter Brannon, who caught the moment in action, said: ‘The first bird was fishing in the surf. It was alone on the beach enjoying the abundance of fish that were coming in with the waves.

A young Reddish Egret was wading through the waves to try and catch the bait fish in Sarasota, Florida. But just as he struck lucky, a larger bird swooped in to try and steal his tasty mouthful

Photographer Peter Brannon, who caught the moment in action, said the first bird was enjoying itself in the Gulf of Mexico surf before the second bird swooped in

Brannon said that the second Egret was 'very aggressive', adding that it nearly landing directly on top of the first bird

‘After ten minutes of watching and photographing the first bird, I noticed the second bird appear in the background of my frame.

‘It was very aggressive and almost landed directly on the first bird. The first bird did not notice until the last second because it was so focused on fishing.

‘You can see the first bird had a fish in its beak as it runs away from the imposing adult.’

Brannon, 39, spotted the birds off the coast of Sarasota last week.

He said the fishing bird didn't notice the second bird 'until the last second because it was so focused' on finding its food for the day

Brannon, 39, spotted the birds off the coast of Sarasota last week. As the second Reddish Egret swooped, his mane was visibly raised as he attempted to intimidate the youngster.

As the second Reddish Egret swooped, his mane was visibly raised as he attempted to intimidate the youngster.

Brannon said: ‘The juvenile caught the fish and then bolted from the scene as quickly as possible. They were certainly competing for feeding territory.

‘The second bird was certainly attempting to intimidate the youngster – successfully, I might add. There was a clear pecking order that the younger bird was compliant to when the older bird showed up.

‘It knew it was outmatched by the larger more experienced adult, but managed to keep the fish in its beak. Nice move by the savvy youngster.’

Brannon said that the 'juvenile caught the fish and then bolted from the scene as quickly as possible', leaving the older bird to fend for itself

'The second bird was certainly attempting to intimidate the youngster - successfully, I might add. There was a clear pecking order that the younger bird was compliant to when the older bird showed up,' Brannon said
‘The second bird was certainly attempting to intimidate the youngster – successfully, I might add. There was a clear pecking order that the younger bird was compliant to when the older bird showed up,’ Brannon said


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