A stork get its head stuck in the jaws of a hungry crocodile.
The yellow-billed bird was fishing in the Selous Game Reserve. When it spotted the head of a tiger fish floating in the water. Storks are large long-necked wading birds with long. They belong to the family called Ciconiidae. Most storks eat frogs, fish, insects, earthworms, small birds. There are nineteen living species of storks in six genera.
But as it picked the snack up in its beak. A four-metre long reptile suddenly appeared in the shallows.
The stork had been caught up in the action. Its head dangerously close to the beast’s jaws.
The crocodile managed to avoid snapping the bird. It instead left it to continue fishing.
Mark Sheridan Johnson captured the stunning set of images.
The 35-year-old said: ‘I noticed the stork was playing with something in the water. It turned out to be the head of a tiger fish.
‘A young crocodile play with the fish head. It came swimming in at speed to steal the bird’s dinner.
‘Once the croc had the fish. The stork realised the battle was lost. So it decided to carry on fishing near the crocodile.’
A stork’s diet mainly consists of small fish. It was common to see storks fishing close to crocodiles. He added: ‘The croc moves along the shoreline of the lake. It will scare fish away from it. The stork will catch.
‘Similarly you’ll find different species of birds. Such as the yellow billed stork. The spoonbill hunting side-by-side. This is called a “twin hunting strategy”.’
By: Daily Mail