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5 Photos of a Bird Determined to Swallow a Crayfish Whole

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An amateur photographer caught a unique sight on camera—a bird trying to swallow a crayfish whole.

But the crayfish didn’t go without a fight. Thinh Bui captured the struggle as a female hooded merganser duck struggled to swallow the freshwater crustacean on a lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

First, the duck chased the crayfish.

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Thinh Bui/www.dailymail.co.uk

Once the waterfowl reached the crustacean, the fight was on.

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Thinh Bui/www.dailymail.co.uk

Eventually, the hooded merganser, which is the only merganser in North America, got the upper hand.

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Finally, the duck swallowed its dinner whole.

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Thinh Bui/www.dailymail.co.uk

Bui says the entire dinner episode, from chase to swallow, took about four minutes.

The female hooded merganser is noted for its cinnamon-colored crest. The male of the species has a black-and-white pattern.

Besides diving for crustaceans, hooded mergansers also eat frogs.

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5 Photos of a Bird Determined to Swallow a Crayfish Whole