Long-billed Curlew Grabs a Crab

The first attempt of this Long-billed Curlew yields nothing but seaweed.

But the second time he snatches up a little crab with the seaweed.

The Curlew snaps his bill down tight and shakes that crab around a bit.

But even when he's got a good grip on his prey, the crab is struggling so much that the Curlew has to hold on for dear life.

The bird seems unsure of his next move.  Maybe this little crab is too big for him to eat?

This Curlew is not a quitter, though.  He has a good grip on his dinner, and he won't let go.  Eventually he chokes it down.  Isn't he a beauteous bird?

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