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Aug 5, 2012

Hungry duck swallows bullfrog

Photos by Mircea Costina /Rex Features
A female Hooded Merganser on a wilderness lake north of Montreal must have had a big appetite or a powerful yen for frog legs, judging by these pictures.   The large bullfrog put up a 10-minute fight but the duck finally managed to manoeuvre the frog head-first into its bill and swallowed the frog whole.   Mergansers normally eat fish.   They have fine tooth-like serrations along the sides of their bills which help in capturing slippery fish -- or frogs, it seems.
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Unknown said...

Nice blog and amazing capture! That looks like decent-sized frog putting up some fight here! But in the end the bird was able to win the battle and gulp that whole thing down okay really?? It seems like it would have trouble fitting down that long/skinny neck. Also, if actually eaten, does the unlucky prey get swallowed kicking all the way as well?!