Usually - BIRDS eat FISH.
Not the other way around.
Here, the catfish swallow pigeons whole.
|The building on the right - used to be the communal laundry.|
I mentioned this in the previous blog post.
Here's the rest of the story:
It usually happens at the "lavoir", the medieval laundry area on the banks of the canal.
In the evenings.
|Lavoir - scene of impending doom - on the left.|
One moment, the pigeons are peacefully taking a drink at the side of the canal.
Maybe even dipping their bird-feet into the water.
The next moment - a streak of silver, one large SPLASH - !
|No wonder the ducks are up on the path these days.|
This fish is BIG.
And really good at catching birds.
The pigeons don't stand a chance.
|"Muddy Waters" is the boat beside us. What are the chances?|
So we began to look into it.
Iris - visiting from Berlin with Mikey and Noah - found a video - and an explanation.
|Mikey and Iris, waving their baguette from the bridge. Stan on the towpath, rolling up the "utilities".|
Turns out - these are large catfish, and - this is new behavior for them.
In some instances, the catfish comes entirely out of the water.
Some catfish are successful 80% of the time!
- One study at the University of Toulouse counted 52 attacks in 72 hours.
|Mamma mia! Poor pigeons!|
Across from us on the boat, it happens most every evening.
It's a bit disconcerting.
Sometimes we have to rescue the injured bird.
(Sometimes it's simply - R.I.P. pigeon.)
The 4 minute background video is - here
(Beware - scenes of death and violence included.)
Meanwhile, happy Bastille Day!