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Taking advantage of a rare rainy day, I waited patiently near a puddle in the grass. The Herons were a bit shy at first, but after 30 minutes or so started getting closer.
I used a borrowed 70-300 lens, so they had to be 20m or closer to get a decent shot. Even without a tripod(silly me - I forgot to bring it), I managed to snap-shot the complete eating process: Dig the worm up, pry it out and bon appetite...

The Heron seen here is a "cattle Erget". It is of Old World origins, but has been a very successful coloniser, and is now found in the warmer parts of every continent except Antarctica.
This is a stocky species, 50cm long and weighing 200-600 g. It has a short thick bill and buff back, breast and crown in breeding plumage. It is otherwise white.
The breeding habitat is large wetlands in warm countries. They nest in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 1-5 eggs are laid.

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