This past weekend we were watching a juvenile night heron that was searching for a meal in the salt marsh at low tide.
The night heron was suddenly very excited to find what he thought would be a quick and easy catch when he spotted this crab in the shallow water.
Well…it turned out that the crab was very excited too, but obviously for different reasons!
When the bird tried to snatch up the tasty treat, crabby fought back and bit the heron’s face and stuck it in the eye with a claw.
Yikes! The young heron jumped back! He was not expecting this.
Well now the fight is on! The night heron has it’s wings raised up in full alert mode, and the crab is doing the same with it’s claws.
The young night heron makes another attempt to capture it’s prize but once again crabby is on the offensive!
The crab sinks both claws into the bird’s bill which causes the heron to twist it’s head to quickly shake off the crab.
That’s it. The fight is over. The night heron admits defeat by flying off and leaving crabby still defiantly displaying it’s claws in victory!