A hungry egret scoops up a poisonous scorpion and clenches it in its beak. The bird teased its prey by dangling it from its barb and though the scorpion was able to wriggle free it was soon picked up again.

The egret uses its beak to weaken the scorpion until they are able to kill them and swallow them without any resistance. Wildlife photographer William Steel witnessed over 20 scorpions eaten by 'plucky' egrets at the Western Cape National Park, near Cape Town, South Africa.