OtherPix: 7: Predators

Equally nourishing, perhaps, is the prey which the female Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum Sabina) has just procured for herself in this photograph (made in Turkey in June 2009). In our experience the Slender Skimmer is a particularly swift, nervous and aggressive species. What is striking in this photo is again the size relationship between predator and prey; this scene isn't simply like a person eating a steak - it's more like a person eating a whole turkey, in one go. We were amazed to see her take just three minutes to finish her meal, then a quick poo, and off for seconds. They really are voracious.

Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina), female, eating

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