Order: Ciconiiformes - Family: Ardeidae
By taking an abandoned Coscoroba nest as a platform for observation this small heron stands and waits. Motionless it keeps its neck coiled till the opportunity arises and strikes. It leaps headfirst on the prey. With a quick move it stretches its neck, head and body simultaneously, and leaps. It captures the prey with the bill.
This sequence of three photos lasts one second.
Photos 10-2007 © Roberto Ares