GRAY HERON (Ardea cinerea) nabs a
BLACK RABBIT (Oryctologus cuniculus)
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At first I thought this was a photoshopped image, but there are an entire series of photos posted here of the heron catching, drowning, then eating the rabbit.
I know that heron are smart hunters - they have been recorded dropping pebbles into water to attact curious fish, which makes their hunting easier, and like most animals they are advantageous eaters, but I thought a rabbit would be out of their league. Perhaps the influx of Gray Cranes in Holland
Here’s what Wikipedia says about heron eating habits:
They feed in shallow water, catching fish, frogs, and insects with its long bill. Herons will also take small mammals, reptiles and occasionally warbler nestlings, plovers, young and adult snipes, takes ducklings and tern chicks and other small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
In the Netherlands, the Grey Heron has become a very common species in recent decades by moving into urban environments in great numbers.
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