Eel Time

This afternoon we were watching this white ibis furiously picking around in the mud in the salt marsh at low tide for some tasty eel snacks. We saw him catch three or four and it was rather comical to watch the ibis attempt to deal with a wriggling eel that, of course, did not wish to be swallowed. After several minutes the ibis was finally able to subdue the slippery catch and get it down the throat.

This ibis was out with two of his friends but they were completely disinterested in snackingΒ onΒ eels which clearly must be an acquired taste!Β 

Ibis With Eel

Ibis With Eel

Ibis With Eel

Ibis With Eel

40 thoughts on “Eel Time

  1. I love the way you always follow the birds’ behaviour – from start to finish. You always post a series of pictures which are almost like a story. A Philologue if you will! πŸ˜€ Always a joy to visit your blog.

  2. Acquired taste or is it talent? I started to pull this up just before sitting down to a spaghetti dinner. Decided it might be best to wait until after dinner. πŸ˜€

  3. We’ve eels in the brook where I work. They put up quite a fight when the local kids latch on to one. Nothing I’d choose to chomp. Apparently his pals don’t relish slimy meals like this guy. Nice work, Phil.

    • Thanks Steve. I onetime watched a great blue heron struggle with an eel the size of a baseball bat for close to an hour. That heron really wanted his catch and did indeed manage to eventually get it down. I was shocked.

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