Ha! Kids today have such ambitions.
For the queasy of stomach, time to click away.
This is just about straight out of the “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” archives.
It was a cold wet morning. However #kneetoo was keen to see how the little Kingfishers were progressing, and we only had a narrow space in the ‘very busy’ diary.
Knowing they had been on the wing for several days, our probability of anything other than a chance encounter were slim to say the least.
Nothing around the now abandoned nest site, nor by the old blackened stump training ground.
I managed a sighting of a small blue blur in the forest and headed over for a looksee. And sure enough a young one perched among the branches of a black wattle.
Then with no warning, an adult turned up with quite a large bundle. And at first it was difficult to make out. Not a large skink or beetle.
Are they really legs, or is it a fish tail I could see?
Then she flipped it about in the air and it was a mouse! No way!
At first the young one didn’t seem all that interested, but after a few more flips and attempts to turn it round so the small end would go down first the adult presented it to the young one.
Now on an aside, your average field-mouse is around 20gm. Your average grown Sacred Kingfisher might come in a touch over 30gm. So I’m guessing the little dude was at best, 25gm.
UPDATED: HANZAB give the bird a weight of 55g which would be a more reliable weight I think. Still give the little dude 35gm and it’s going to be a 55gm tubby blue blob for awhile. 🙂
It took the mouse head first, not headfirst, even that suits. 🙂
And so began a 10-15 minute battle for the young one to eventually ingest the mouse.
On quite a number of occasions, it had to stop, and I guess catch its breath, or simply rearrange the internal spaces to make space.
A couple of times it began swaying back and forth on the branch, and I feared it was going to choke and fall off the branch. Not much in my skill set for resuscitating a downed Kingfisher.
And slowly—very slowly—the mouse began to disappear.
After it was all over, a tubby little kingfisher gave a few shakes of its body, to rearrange all the feathers and no doubt the internals, and then sat. More likely squatted.
A few minutes quietly sitting to let the digestion process begin, and a tubby blue blur sped off through the forest.
Where is Ripley when you need him?