Two juvenile Hooded Mergansers were “fishing” for crayfish in a small creek outlet.
Wiggling and thrashing, the crayfish resisted being swallowed whole. (Photo by Debbie Reynolds)
I think each of the birds managed to snag a big crayfish. But there is no sharing of this meal, and you have to swallow fast or it will get stolen.
A big meal always makes me sleepy too.
After downing these large crayfish, these two youngsters happily floated down the creek, blithely ignorant of our presence.
Two young mergansers survive to feed another day.