Stork vs Python! Tingalpa, Queensland – 20/9/2014

This Coastal Carpet Python (Morelia spilota sub sp. mcdowelli) had been getting attacked continuously by this Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) for more than half an hour and I thought he’d had it. The battle had moved from 2 inch deep mud to the grass and the stork had the python by its tail for a lot of the time, presumably to keep its head away. The stork would occasionally drop the tail and then stab down hard (hence the blood on its beak) and then pick up the tail again. It looked like a domination masterclass. Suddenly out of nowhere a half an hour later, the stork looked to get complacent and the previously lifeless snake reared up and went for a couple of strikes. I could not believe it! The stork eventually backed off! I was so certain the stork was going to have lunch, but it looked like this wasn’t to be.

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