More action on the muddy puddle! I heard a guttural croak and saw a Great Egret in hot pursuit of another that had been lucky/smart enough to capture an eel. The pursuer gave up the chase quite quickly but the captor of the eel still took quite a few minutes to kill and swallow its prey. This process mostly seemed to involve a fierce grip on the eel, an occasional shake and a rinse? in the water.
Finally it managed to swallow.
And then it stood still looking, I thought, a bit uncomfortable…….or is it just too easy to anthropomorphize?