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Hungry bird swallows whole pike
Cormorant swallowing a pike whole, pic by Stewart Canham
The photographs were captured on Langford Lakes in Wiltshire
An amateur photographer has captured the moment a cormorant caught and swallowed a foot-long pike whole.

Stewart Canham, 61, from Dorset regularly travels to Langford Lakes near Salisbury, Wiltshire, to photograph the wildlife.

"I was in one of the hides watching for kingfishers and was aware of the cormorant diving," he said.

"All of a sudden I saw this great white flapping thing on the surface and kept my finger on the button."

The photographs show the bird rising out of the surface of the lake and twisting its neck in order to swallow the huge fish.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing - the pike was a good 14 inches long," said Mr Canham.

Pike are well known for their elongated, torpedo-like body, long heads and sharp teeth.

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