The following images show a female Hardhead eating a snail. This was the fourth snail I saw her eat/swallow and it was the biggest yet.
She was just a few metres from the shore. She would dive [Hardheads are Australia's only diving duck] down and bring up a snail, flick it around in her beak and swallow. This set of images are of her fourth catch and it proved to be a bit bigger than anticipated.
|Here we are, caught some more breakfast|
|Seems to be the right orientation|
|Just give it a wash|
|Perhaps I'll just flick it around a bit.|
|Aahh. That's better. Bound to go down easy now.|
|Oops. Seems a bit big.|
|Gag. Move tongue to help swallow. Gulp !!!|
|Gravity! Help! Gulp !!!!|
|Great. Past my tongue.|
|Argh. That's better. No-one can see I've had a mouthful !!!!!|
Magic. Just have to be there!