It’s a bug’s life! Unlucky dragonfly snapped up patient bird

PICS BY DAVID HIGGINS / CATERS NEWS 

This unlucky dragonfly certainly realised it’s a ‘bug’s life’ when he was snapped up by an eager bird.

As hundreds of fluttering flies swarmed among the trees, this clearly wasn’t the unlucky critter’s day when he was picked off by an Indian Pond Heron.

PICS BY DAVID HIGGINS / CATERS NEWS

The bird patiently waited as hundreds of dragonflies began to swarm before reaching out it’s long neck to clamp onto the bug with its beak.

The shots were taken by photographer David Higgins, 48, and took two hours while in Mumbai, India two weeks ago.

David, from Hull, Yorkshire, said: “I noticed them from my hotel window outside central Mumbai, along the seafront.

“There was a real bloom of dragonflies with hundreds flying round a small area and this Indian Pond Heron kept picking them off from the vantage point of the tree top.

PICS BY DAVID HIGGINS / CATERS NEWS

“It kept looking like it would lose its balance but i held on in there.

“I was surprised that the dragonflies didn’t move on with a large predator sticking its head right among them all and picking them off fairly easily.

“But it was the heron that moved on in the end, either bored, sick of dragonflies or just full.

“This was the start of my first day in India so to capture some good wildlife behaviour felt incredible, especially as I hadn’t expected to see this from the hotel window.”

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