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I was in a local park when I spotted a number of White Ibises one the beach. One was carrying a very long thing. When I made my way over to them, I realised that this bird had caught an Eastern Glass Lizard (a legless lizard species).

I observed it over the next 20 minutes or so trying everything that it could to swallow it. It even spent several minutes in the lake repeatedly dunking it in the water, perhaps hoping that moistening it might help it slide down more easily. It also had to keep it away from other birds.

Despite all of its efforts I never saw it completely succeed.

Image created on Feb 3, 2020 at Sugden Regional Park, Naples, Florida, United States. Cropped to panoramic format.
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  • Taken: Feb 3, 2020
  • Uploaded: Feb 12, 2020
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2020