EU Roller Beetle

Whilst in the Kruger National Park we saw this European Roller (Afrikaans name, Europese Troupant) fly down from a tree and grab a Dung beetle out of the road.

EU Roller Beetle 2

He then proceeded to bash the beetle against the branch.

EU Roller Beetle 3

Over and over again, smashing the beetles carapace so that it was easier to eat.

EU Roller Beetle 4

This went on for quite a while until he was satisfied that it was smashed up enough.

EU Roller Beetle 5

Then as quick as a wink he had swallowed it all.

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