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    That's a slippery supper! Cormorant battles with eel as it wraps itself round the bird's beak in vain attempt to avoid being eaten

    NewsBird NewsWednesday 13 June 2012
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    Wriggling for dear life, this tricky eel battles valiantly to avoid being swallowed by a hungry cormorant.

    But after wrapping itself around the predator's beak in a desperate bid to escape, the bird finally gets its way and flicks the meal into the air ready to swallow it whole.

    A seagull dives in and tries to snatch the meal away - but the plucky cormorant finally gets its supper.

    The dramatic set of images were caught on camera at Lyme Regis, in West Dorset, in grim weather conditions.

    Underwater birds, found along the English Coast, dine on eels, water snakes and whatever fish they can catch

    The images were captured by Dorset-based photographer Richard Austin.

    He said: 'These pictures were taken in the aftermath of the storms last weekend. The cormorant was around 100 metres off the shore.

    'I watched him eat several eels - possibly four and these pictures are of one of the larger ones of them.

    'Cormorants do toss the eels into the air before they swallow them. When you see the head going down headfirst you know that is it.

    'It is a bit of a struggle to get them down.
    'On a day like that when it is so murky it is amazing how they can find their prey in the first place because they can hardly see out of the water.'



    Source: Daily Mail

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