Great Egret Catching A Siren - click to enlarge

Great Egret Catching A Siren

This series is of a Great Egret having caught a Siren in a swamp. I’m not sure what type of Siren, I could not get any closer and did not have a large zoom lens.

Great Egret Catching A Siren - click to enlarge
Great Egret Catching A Siren – click to enlarge

A Siren is a member of the Salamander family and they range from 25–95 cm (9.8–37.4 in) in length. I have seen larger ones in this area. (click to view a Great Heron with a super sized version).

Great Egret Catching A Siren - click to enlarge
Great Egret Catching A Siren – click to enlarge

After a while the Egret was able to swallow the Siren but didn’t look happy about it. Somewhere I read they secrete a toxic slime as a protection. If true it explains why birds drink huge amounts of water after eating one. Of course I would probably do the same, or worse, if I swallowed one of these.

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