Thursday, April 24, 2014

Great Crested Flycatcher Catches Wasp - Slow Motion

A Great Crested Flycatcher and a wasp are checking out the same nest box for a new home at the same time - bad timing for the wasp - it is eaten faster than you can blink your eye! Slow motion is a bit blurry, but you get the idea of how fast a flycatcher is. In fact, the action is so fast I couldn't freeze it clearly at 30 frames per second on video so the picture shows the wasp a few milliseconds before being digested.  If the wasp had build a nest in the owl nest box first the Flycatcher would avoid it as too dangerous - but they got their at the same time. "Flycatchers" actually eat more wasps and bees than "flies".

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Great Crested Flycatcher Catches Wasp