I’m not kidding. A big heron picks up a cute fuzzy bunny, drowns it and then chugs it down. AWESOME CRUELTY! Click the images to make them bigger!
Obviously hungry, the adult bird, which averages about 100cm (3ft) in height and has a 1.95m (6ft) wingspan, made its move.
‘In a split second, the bird caught the rabbit,’ said Sprang. ‘I managed to take two photos and the bird flew away with its food in its bill.’
Sprang followed the bird by car. He added: ‘It landed in some water and I took several photos of the rest of the story.
‘I have often seen herons catching prey like mice and fish but catching a rabbit was a surprise.’
In the Netherlands, the grey heron has become very common and has moved into urban environments in great numbers.
There, the herons hunt as they usually would but also make use of food discarded by humans and even visit zoos at feeding times.