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buzzy



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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 19 9:47 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Went out last Monday to part of the Ouse Washes - flooded at the moment. Great variety of water birds, but the most interesting thing was watching a Great Crested Grebe trying to swallow a rather large fish.




After every attempt it swam around for a while, either thinking hard, or summoning up strength for a further bout of swallowing.





It was rather worrying at times, but eventually it managed to get it down and swam off for another bout of fishing! Must have been at least five minutes while we were watching.

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 19 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice observation, it was a bit ambitious with that one

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 19 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's horrible when you get food stuck in your throat. Poor bird.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 19 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That was a bit ambitious. Not sure that counts as getting 'stuck in the throat', more stuck getting to throat.

I am always amazed at how long they can stay under water. You think they will never come up again and then they finally bob up quite a way from where they went down.

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