13  Cannibalism in the cold


During the very cold spell this winter, which started on Boxing Day 2008,
waders in the Dutch Rhine-Meuse delta began to perish after ten days of
severe frost with the lowest recorded temperature of -22C in the SE of the
country. As expected Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus were the first
waders to die. On 11th January a very hungry Oystercatcher was
found while eating a frozen member of it's own species.

starved Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus eating same species

Starved Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus eating from the same species corpse

11012009 262 Stellendam, The Netherlands


all pictures copyright NORMAN DEANS VAN SWELM (NDvS) in The Netherlands


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