Frog Legs.2

(Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore) So there we were late Saturday morning looking for a Least Bittern from the observation platform on the Great Marsh Trail, when a fellow member of the Berrien Birding Club, or BBC, allowed as to how an Ixobrychus exilis was just below our binoculars and scopes in a patch of dry grass.  Yes, that elusive rascal that normally hides among reeds, was posing in plain sight.  No foolin’.  The paparazzi got to popping, and we all got our optics on a solitary Least Bittern that, for many of us, was a life bird.  A big, cooing deal for many of us.  For all of us.  Who am I foolin’ here?  Some of us had seen a Least Bittern do a fly-by earlier at Galien River County Park near New Buffalo, Michigan, but to have one of these rare specimens moving about in the open just below the observation platform was a birder’s dream come true.  We watched and photographed for the longest time, and then the bird moved into the reeds in search of lunch.  As we moved on to other birds, the Least Bittern skewered a fresh Green Frog and proceeded to prepare it for proper consumption, meaning that the bird had to position the frog so that the frog went down the bird’s throat head first.  Easier said than done, right? Well, I was right in alerting my fellow members of the BBC to the fact that, well—”Hey, it’s eating a frog!!!” Sherry Manison, who has been snapping one great photograph after another, got to work and shot the picture of the day, which, with her permission, I present to you below:

Least Bittern eating Green Frog in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on May 27, 2017 at lunchtime Central Daylight Time. Photo by Sherry Manison.


About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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