Talk about lunch on the go! I think, though, this actually is a thief in flight. Just before I took this shot, this egret was standing on the fishing pier on Sanibel which was quite busy with anglers catching lots of fish. Next thing I knew, the bird suddenly had a large fish flailing in its beak --- then it took off. (Looking rather guilty.) That's when I got this shot.
I was pleasantly surprised when the thief...er, bird...landed relatively close. Heck, that fish was so large, the egret probably couldn't carry it very far. Anyway, it didn't stay here too long, which was okay because watching a seabird swallow a fish whole isn't for the faint of heart. **gulp**