Great-billed Heron on the menu !!!!

Subject: Great-billed Heron on the menu !!!!
From: Del Richards <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 14:41:08 +1000
In late September Ian Worcester guiding on the Daintree River by late afternoon witnessed an attack on a Great-billed Heron by an immature White-bellied Sea-eagle. The heron was knocked into the water during the attack by managed to flounder to the shore. Meanwhile the sea eagle was driven off by two Whistling Kites, a number of Spangled Drongos and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo joined in for good measure. At the time the Heron appeared unscathed but shaken however in the meantime another operator related that the bird may have an injured leg. Several years ago it was related to me that another Great-billed Heron had been killed by an Amethystine Python at nearby Wonga Beach. In the process of swallowing the heron its sharp mandible pierced the snake's stomach which meant that in due course the hunter also perished. In the many years of observing this species one would hardly expect that they would be a meal item for anything other than an estuarine crocodile.

Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.


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