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The first day I found this bird (after reading e-bird reports of where it was), I had a most enjoyable day observing it for 2 hours in which time I counted it eat 10 invasive American Bullfrogs Went back the next day to show Colin F and we watched it catch another bunch of these frogs...crazy!!

I was also very impressed at how camouflaged it could become once it left the water's edge....sometimes I'd know where it was and then lose sight of it and take a min to relocate it even though it hadn't moved. So I included a few images showing it amongst the natural grass.




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Nov 02, 2019 at 06:43 PM
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He's gonna be too fat to fly.


Nov 02, 2019 at 09:11 PM
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That bird is living high on the frog...
Great work as always, Geoff.

Pius



Nov 02, 2019 at 09:16 PM
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A great set Geoff, and great work by the bittern too ~ Ron


Nov 02, 2019 at 09:18 PM
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Pretty easy for me on this one......................Voted

Holy smokes Geoff..........Fantastic!

Karl



Nov 02, 2019 at 09:52 PM
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Amazing set Geoff !!

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Nov 02, 2019 at 11:47 PM
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Wonderful images, Geoff! TFS.
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Nov 03, 2019 at 12:59 AM
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Gruesome But very good.

My dachshund would eat toads when he was a puppy and the legs were intact when he did his business, just a tidbit.



Nov 03, 2019 at 05:43 AM
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Outstanding images of the bird eating the frog. Down south fried bullfrog legs are considered a delicacy. They are awesome.

-Jim



Nov 03, 2019 at 06:28 AM
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Excellent set Geoff. One rarely sees them in the open. You did a good job of taking images that show them a bit isolated from the environment.

Morris



Nov 03, 2019 at 08:09 AM
 


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Excellent work, Geoff.


Nov 03, 2019 at 12:13 PM
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Good stuff


Nov 03, 2019 at 02:47 PM
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egd5 wrote:
He's gonna be too fat to fly.


Yes, I don't know what he does with all of them...one or two looked to be enough for his size but he just kept on eating them.



Nov 04, 2019 at 09:47 AM
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Excellent images, Geoff. Great behavior.
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Nov 04, 2019 at 03:26 PM
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The bullfrog is no match for the bittern. Well-captured images, Geoff!

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Nov 04, 2019 at 05:12 PM
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Pius Sullivan wrote:
That bird is living high on the frog...
Great work as always, Geoff.

Pius


Thanks Pius...yes the bird is living the high life without any competition.



Nov 05, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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Awesome shots! I see them on occasion at the wildlife refuge where I volunteer, always in disguise...but I've never seen them hunt like this, they usually fly away!


Nov 05, 2019 at 12:28 PM
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surfnron wrote:
A great set Geoff, and great work by the bittern too ~ Ron


Thanks Ron.



Nov 05, 2019 at 08:55 PM
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It was gorging on these!

Big frogs to still have tails, is this normal for them?



Nov 05, 2019 at 08:59 PM
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Terrific documentary Geoff.


Nov 05, 2019 at 10:35 PM
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