Cormorants, frigate birds and herrons were hunting sardines on La Peñita’s north beach yesterday.
It happens occasionally that a school of sardines come close to shore showing up as a dark cloud. It make for an interesting show.
They occasionally boiling to the surface as they are attacked from below by a variety of predators.
The cormorants were the first to arrive on the scene.
They would dive down and come up with a good sized catch,
throw it in the air a few times to get it oriented properly to swallow.
That caused the occasional conflict even though there was no shortage of food.
In the face of the waves the cormorants could be scene chasing their prey.
It was more than a little poetic and I thought it could have been put to some interesting music but I am not that artistic.
Frigate birds also came to lunch.
These two were waiting for the little guys to wash up on shore
which did occasionally happen.
This young fellow was quite taken with the stranded sardine and got a bit wet.