Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Crab, it's what's for dinner.

This female Common Eider has found a crab. She gives it a good shake to take it apart.
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Takes the crab, shell and all..
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and down the hatch.
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17 comments:

Chris said...

Wow they do not do that here I think or at least I've never seen it... it gives you the opportunity to make nice shots!

Roy said...

That's one clever Duck Steve. Nice shooting in the available light.

madcobug said...

I don't see how that shell dissolves. Great shots. Helen

Judy said...

That is the one thing that amazes me - how they can do all sorts of things with no fingers! Also, how can they swallow stuff that wiggles on the way down!

Kerri said...

Nice lunch! Great shots!

A New England Life said...

Hey, that reminds me of this one: What Talent!

Those crabs don't stand a chance!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Sharon's link is broken, try this one! What Talent!

A New England Life said...

Thanks Steve for that correction. Eiders really are quite ingenious.

So they eat the shell and all? They don't shake the body out, or suck it out? (somehow I picture an Eider with a straw in its mouth. Ha!)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It would be nice if dinner was that easy for us too. :)

Steve Borichevsky said...

Thanks for the comments, Folks. A lot of people are asking me if these ducks eat the crabs shells and all. Yes they do! They have very agressive digestive systems. I've seen Common Loons take in crustations too. Gulls will pick at crabs and leave the shells behind.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Okay, I'm a little jealous. LOL! These are awesome! I love the splash of its beak in the water in the first shot. And look! You actually captured it with a trophy. I've rarely been fast enough to capture that part.
Wonderful series! :-)

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the Eider, they just have to leave off the Old Bay seasoning.

Stine in Ontario said...

Wonderful shots! I'm not sure I've ever seen an eider before.

Ars Natura said...

Is caught in good time!

Congratulations for the photos

Pearl Maple said...

Fantastic photos, the sparkling water is a lovely backdrop to frame up the bird.

Mojo said...

Amazing timing! This isn't a shot you're gonna get just every day.

That duck bill isn't much good for pecking -- that's not what it was built for -- so I guess they'd have to take them shell and all.

Too bad she didn't share the legs and claws if she wasn't gonna eat 'em anyway. Everybody knows that's the best part!

Eve said...

Great catch! And that goes to both you and the Eider!!!

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