Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
A knife and fork anyone? We can use utensils to make perfect bits out of a larger piece of food, like this fish. The ravenous cormorant is able to catch vary large fish compared to its size, but will sometimes have a hard time swallowing it, as is the case here. This catfish has sharp fins, and is wide and short, compared to long slender fishes – like eels.

During this “what do I do” phase, the cormorant is open for attacks by food thieves and must assess whether or not it’s safest out in the open, or inside thickets and water hyacinths. Neither place is really safe over time, but if lucky it will be able to gobble up in time before anyone notices it’s vulnerable. If not so, it must let go of the catch in  time to either dive or fly away.

It chose to hide in the dense population of hyacinths and plants, so I don’t know whether or not it managed to swallow it – my bet is it succeeded.

Here you can listen to the bird:

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