During the summer time we see an abundance of plump Ghost Crab - they set up shop in their underground tunnels all over the beach and hide while waiting for opportunities to consume other little creatures - such as sea turtle hatchling. As nature goes - the Ghost Crab also has its own predator, one of which is the Yellow-crowned Night Heron and as a bird and sea turtle lover, I wholeheartedly cheer them on.
While walking the beach this morning I spotted one of them and watched as the hunt unfolded...come and see....
|At first he seemed to be taking a leisurely walk along the vegetation....but I wasn't fooled by that,|
|I noticed how intensely he was eying something....first moving ever so slowly when, all of a sudden, he took off sprinting....|
|it didn't take long for him to grab the crab and...|
|take the crab down by the water's edge....|
|from there a series of twist and turn, flip and toss...|
|while protecting himself from harm - look how the membrane closed over his eyes....|
|aligning the crab just right....|
|and down the hatch it goes.....gulp!|
|Standing up straight might even be helpful to ease the process down the hatch.|
|A little bit of water helps too.|
|Feeling pretty good now.....next!|