This Black-crowned Night Heron snatched this Mud Puppy from the water and now had to decide what to do next. We sere standing close on the bank and just out of sight was a very interested Great Blue Heron.
Mud Puppies (click the link for details) are a large species of salamander. They live in the water and never really become land dwellers. This was an average size. They grow to a huge size in these swamp waters, much larger than anything I have read about them.
The bird continuously flipped the catch, and dunked it back in the water. I thought he would lose it.
Later I discovered a Mud Puppy can secrete poison as a defense. Putting him back in the water was a way to wash away the poison.
I never did see the end of this drama because finally the Great Blue Heron made a move to join in, and steal the catch. The little Night Heron left in a hurry with his prize.