Watching Cormorants over the years I witnessed a lot of fishing and catching. Many times the struggle to get the fish just right for swallowing involves a number of tries, and occasionally the fish gets away. I also saw a few swallow a fish I thought way too large, only to see it go down the slim neck, distending it all the way down. When this Cormorant landed this fish, I wondered again if the fish was just too big.
After this brief struggle, the bird agreed with me for once, dropped the fish and immediately took off. Was it really too big, or just not worth the effort? Had the bird already feasted on so many appetizers of the smaller fish in the water that this main course, while maybe not too big to swallow, was too big as a main course?