This morning I witnessed a Carrion Crow attempt to kill a Moorhen by drowning it. The attack was persistent, prolonged and vicious. I watched fascinated, so engrossed in fact that several minutes passed before it dawned on me that I ought to try to get a few photos despite the fact the birds were about sixty yards distant. Even then it didn’t occur to me to switch the camera to shoot in ‘burst’ mode. These shots were all taken individually over a period of about 40 seconds towards the end of the battle before the crow finally gave up and the Moorhen paddled to the safety of a tiny patch of reeds at the side of the loch where it found refuge. It continued to skulk there though so far as I could see it had survived the onslaught relatively unscathed.
In the past I have seen crows try to take bread from the surface of a lake but I was surprised to see this one tackle this potentially risky enterprise with such determination.