RE: Large prey

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Subject: RE: Large prey
From: sandra henderson <>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:11:09 +0000
I've also seen a swamphen take a black duckling, but I saw the duckling dismembered and all was  fed to the swamphen chicks

On Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 13:54, Wallaces <> wrote:
Thanks to everyone who responded. As well as examples of birds swallowing
very large prey whole, I got one example of minimal consumption of the prey:
a Purple Swamphen taking a downy Pacific Black Duck but only feeding the
eyes to its chicks.


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From: Wallaces [
Sent: Wednesday, 20 February 2019 4:44 PM
To: Canberra birds
Subject: Large prey

  Sometimes birds take prey that seems too large for them to eat. Attached
photo shows a weather loach held by an ibis and a Baillon's Crake with
something I cannot identify. The ibis swallowed the weather loach while it
was still alive (see  ). The crake ran into
the cover so I don't know if it ate its catch (see ).

Large yabby's are also eaten by White-necked Heron (see ).

I know that there are photos of pelicans with very large prey but I thought
I would see if people have photos/observations of other species with very
large or unusual prey.


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