National Geographic

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“Zorro after a successful strike. Shoebills forage on top of floating vegetation for catfish. Catfish hide themselves under the floating vegetation during daytime. It is quite oxygen poor underneath the vegetation, so every now and then the catfish have to come to the surface for a mouthful of air. The shoebills are waiting at these breathing holes and will strike when they see a catfish come to the surface. Here, Zorro caught a catfish of almost 50 cm, a substantial meal.”

Ralf Mullers