Torresian Crow stealing a Cattle Egret egg

Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) stealing a Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis) egg

A Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) stealing a Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis) egg.

Several years ago my photography mate and I were packing up after a morning’s session on the swamp. Then we saw a Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) flying by with a rather big egg in its beak. So we waited to see if we could grab a couple of shots. The crow returned not once but about every 15 mins to steal more eggs.

The Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis) made little if any attempt to protect the nest or the eggs. I was able to make a couple of reasonable images of the bird picking up the egg at the nest to flying off with the egg. The light was terrible as it was getting on in the day. This image is a grab shot more for behavioural purposes.

My friend and I have never seen this behaviour before and found it rather interesting.

2018-09-01T21:26:35+00:000 Comments

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