Fresh Flounder For Dinner… Almost
This afternoon and egret plucked himself a nice fresh flounder out of the salt marsh during low tide. The egret struggled with the oddly shaped fish for almost ten minutes before bringing it back into the reeds and dropping it in the mud.
The egret finally decided there was no way he could swallow the flounder the way he would a more streamlined fish, and abandoned it despite all the effort.
A bit later I saw this same egret snacking on some tiny minnows and shrimp and I know leaving his prize catch had to hurt…
Super catch for the both of you. Great shots!!
Thanks much, I appreciate that!
That had to hurt, giving up that juicy big fish. Shrimp and minnows weren’t a bad consolation prize, if he got enough of them.
He looked really grumpy having to settle for hours of fishing for tiny snacks rather then the one big score he had. Oh well, wasn’t the first time and likely won’t be the last. These guys don’t have the luxury of sitting around feeling sorry for themselves, they have to get right back at it for survival.
Great shots of the egret, who seems so confused about how to handle his prize. I especially see that sense of confusion in the second image.
Once they catch something they will try everything to get it down. But the sideways shape of a fish like this makes it close to impossible. I have seen great blue herons drop and walk away from flounder too and those birds will eat practically anything.
Great pics! Although the egret is confused, what about the poor flounder who didn’t even get put to good use?! 🙂
Well more then likely some other bird will come along and make a meal out of the flounder. Or in the middle of the night a raccoon will stumble upon it. 🙂
In any case a nice fresh flounder would have been better then what I had for dinner last night, leftover chili.
Great captures. Yes I can see it would be a huge problem for the egret.
Thank you and yes the wide shape of that type of fish makes it difficult for many of these birds to gt down. I have seen great blue herons catch and then drop a flounder.
Bellissimi scatti, sono stupendi caro Phill,
Complimenti. Ciao, Pat
Grazie Pat! 🙂
Fantastic catch! That flounder would have done both hubby and I, very nicely for dinner. What a waste! Great captures, Phil. 🙂
I’m sure somebody ended up with that flounder, if not a bird then a raccoon. 🙂 Fresh flounder would have been better than the leftover chili I had for dinner.
A very nice flounder he caught. Too bad he couldn’t dine on it.
At least the egret was smart enough to realize it couldn’t eat a fish that size. Making a bad decision out there can be dangerous for these birds. But I know he was disappointed.
What a dilemma!
It sure was but he made the right decision.
We have a saying here in the UK “Your eyes were bigger than your stomach” in this case bigger than his beak!
Yes indeed! Bigger than that long skinny neck too! That’s where the real problem begins.
Phil -truly great shots! Action packed!
Well I’m very happy you enjoyed these photos and I appreciate the kind comments!