This is the sad story of a fatal encounter between a hungry heron and a fish. Well, sad for fifty percent of the protagonists… All others were quite content, as one can assume.
The Pacific reef heron (also known as the Pacific reef egret, Egretta sacra, Riffreiher, Aigrette sacrée) is a very handsome bird. I have seen it in several places on the coast already, always in the dark morph. There is also a purely white form, but it is much rarer than the grey one. It is not shy, which made it easy for me to photograph. The story I want to relate to here happened yesterday morning (3 December 2019) at Koulnoué Beach in the northeastern part of Grande Terre (New Caledonia).
May the images speak for themselves.
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