13 Cannibalism in the cold
During the very cold spell this
winter, which started on Boxing Day 2008,
in the Dutch Rhine-Meuse delta began to perish after ten days of
the lowest recorded temperature of -22C in the SE of the
country. As expected
Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus were the first
waders to die.
January a very hungry Oystercatcher was
found while eating a frozen member
it's own species.
Starved Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus eating from the same species
11012009 262 Stellendam, The Netherlands
all pictures copyright NORMAN DEANS VAN SWELM (NDvS)
in The Netherlands
03 jan 2014