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While shooting some bird photography at Myakka River State Park, I noticed this cormorant wrestling with what appeared to be a good sized fish. He was pretty far out, but I had my 500mm Nikon lens so I snapped a shot.

FishingCormorant wrestling with a decent sized fish.

I could tell he definitely had a nice fish, but he was just too far away to see much else.  After a few minutes of trying to get the fish down his gullet, he decided it was too big to swallow and decided to carry the fish somewhere else.  I'm guessing he decided to head to shore where he could eat it a little at a time.

CormorantSaw this guy wrestling with a fish at a distance. As he flew close, I snapped a shot. When I looked at the photo closely later, I realized he had a catfish.

As he flew closer, I snapped a few more photos and this one actually came out pretty well.  Well enough, in fact, that I discovered the cormorant had caught a catfish.  If you look closely, you can see the catfish's whiskers.

Most of the time my birding photos are pretty dull. I never have the luck of catching something really cool and exciting.  I see so many great action shots from other outdoor photographers and I just sigh thinking, "why can't I see something like that?"  Well down at Myakka River State Park I was treated to a pair of limpkins fighting over dinner and I started snapping away.

LimpkinsThese two limpkins got into it when one decided he wanted what the other found.

It began when one limpkin found a tasty treat and the second limpkin immediately decided it should be his.  A squabble broke out just like a couple of little kids.

Limpkins Fighting
Limpkins Fighting

They went at it for several minutes hopping and pushing at each other.

Limpkins Fighting
Limpkins Fighting

In the end, the treat ended up being dropped and both limpkins came away with nothing.  This is usually the way it goes for us as well.  We get jealous, or covetous of the things others have and we want them too.  But it usually goes that all we end up with is some kind of grief, trouble or sorrow.  Anything worth possessing, is worth the effort to acquire on your own.