The first attemp
Moving its bait to a new location
Waiting in a ready-to-strike-position
All photos © Bart Labuschagne
I observed on the edge of the Plantation Club lagoon on Sunday 12 Feb 2006. It collected a piece of bread thrown onto the grass for the ducks, placed it in the water, and then crouched down in a hunting position ready to strike at any hapless minnow tempted. After a five minutes or so, it picked up the piece of bread & replaced it a little further & resumed its crouch. After several more minutes it picked the same piece of bread out of the water & shifted to a new location several metres away were it yet again placed the bread in the water & stood at the ready. Sadly I could not wait around to see if it was rewarded for its efforts, but I presume that it must be a successful tactic in that environment.
Green-backed Herons at the Plantation Club wetland marsh have been reported using bread thrown by tourists as bait to catch fish.