Pike vs Cormorant!!

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Esox Hunter, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Esox Hunter

    Esox Hunter New Member

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    Ok all:

    As you all probably know, Catfish aren't native to the UK, so my primary target is PIKE. In the water they're feared hunters..... they've been known to attack children and dogs....they have their enemies too though, (mainly MAN), but this story shocked even ME!!!

    "With teeth like needles, the pike is normally a feared predator in the water world.
    But this one appears to have bitten off more than he could chew when he came up against a hungry cormorant.
    The two creatures grappled briefly but, in one swift movement, the bird extended and twisted its long neck and prepared for a fish supper

    The cormorant's elasticated throat and its powerful digestive juices allowed it to gobble the 1ft (30cm) pike down whole within seconds.

    The battle was captured by amateur photographer Stewart Canham, 61, at Langford Lakes, in Steeple Langford, Wilsthire.

    He said: 'The cormorant was desperately trying to get the pike into its mouth but it was struggling.
    'Then the bird suddenly stretched out its neck and twisted it before swallowing the pike down in one. It was incredible – I couldn't believe it.
    'It was an amazing sight that was all over in the blink of an eye.'
     

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  2. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Now that is something you don't see every day, LOL!!!
     

  3. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Um,Um,Good,Pike on the Barbie,Thank's Mr.Barse.J.D.:wink:
     
  4. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    That had to be one pissed off cormorant, guess the pike was messing with the wrong bird that day!!! He wont have to find shad for another 2 weeks
     
  5. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    That must have been one hungry bird. An Osprey would have trouble with that fish.
     
  6. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    They say not to bite off more then you can chew.Guess thats one bird that doesnt have that problem. Thanks for sharing the pics that was great!
     
  7. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    beware of the bird !!!!!
     
  8. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    That's really cool! That photographer was definitly in the right place and time for that battle!