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Death of a frog

Death of a frog

We came across this Verreaux’s eagle owl on a night drive a few days ago. It was sitting on the ground on the edge of a lagoon. There was a frog at it’s feet which it was eyeing out and it seemed to be taking its time, savouring the moment before it ate it. You had to feel sorry for the poor frog quietly awaiting its demise. After a while it picked it up by the head and gulped it down.

I saw a similiar incident on another night drive recently involving a Water Thick-knee. The frog was luckier on that occasion though as the Thick-knee regurgitated it a few seconds after swallowing it and the frog hopped off, apparently unharmed!

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