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A Hooded Merganser catches a crayfish and prepared it for consumption.
A Hooded Merganser with a freshly-caught crayfish.The crayfish is still grasping a twig, in a futile attempt to prevent being carried off.Now ... What do do?The plan of attack is first to get the pincers out of the way ...... then later work on all of those legs.Get a good grip on the pincer ...... give it a little shake ...... give it bigger shake ...... then a violent shake ... and the pincer begins to break free from the body.Success!  Another pincer bites the dust.Now on to the legs ... Try that shaking approach again.Two legs gone ...Another leg or two break loose.Once the appendages are removed .... meal time! One swallow is all it takes.