[I’ve reposted this as I got the photo order mixed up, so the story would not have made sense.]

I know many of you have a great interest in the wildlife along the Cooks River. The following is an email from Gavin Gatenby that was shared by Mudcrabs.  I have Gavin’s permission to post it here.

“This morning at the billabong at Gough Whitlam Park around 9.30, in the space of three minutes, I watched a mangrove heron take and eat a large mullet, a small mud crab, and a whipsnake. 

All this with coffee and sourdough toast from the canteen. When I spotted the heron I walked over to the wooden deck, lay down and took a few shots of it at full telephoto. These are cropped down …” 

The words with Gavin’s email are under each of the photos.

I just managed to catch this extraordinary behaviour. As if it were a kingfisher, the heron flew from the bank and took a mullet that must have been 20cm long from off the surface.   Photo by Gavin Gatenby with thanks.

“I just managed to catch this extraordinary behaviour.   As if it were a kingfisher, the heron flew from the bank and took a mullet that must have been 20 cm long from off the surface.”             Photo by Gavin Gatenby with thanks.

"It then skulked around a bit and took a mudcrab."  Photo by Gavin Gatenby with thanks.

“It then skulked around a bit and took a mudcrab.” Photo by Gavin Gatenby with thanks.

Then it walked up the bank and grabbed a whipsnake.   Well satisfied with its morning meal it flew back over to its island. Also spotted a buff-banded rail under the SWOOS where it crosses Cooks River.  Photo by Gavin Gatenby with thanks.

“Then it walked up the bank and grabbed a whipsnake.  Well satisfied with its morning meal it flew back over to its island.   Also spotted a buff-banded rail under the SWOOS where it crosses Cooks River.”  Photo by Gavin Gatenby with thanks.

 

 

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