I missed the actual catch. Not by much, you can see the ripples in the water. But I was just not ready, and in a fraction of a second he had the fish.
It might have been a Catfish, and this one was not giving up.
If the fish has sharp gills the Egret will not eat it while it still moves. That seems like a good idea.
The problem is other things will want his fish too.
He kept watching for a thief and finally made the move to eat it.
Not a moment too soon, the ultimate fish thief was heading over.
I could see the Alligator swimming over and tried to keep an angle that might allow me to get both in the same frame.
The Egret was having none of it. He managed to eat and fly at the same time. The Gator never got close enough for that shot.