I was looking across Cotterstock millpond this morning and saw something white moving in the branches just above the water. I guessed it was the tail feathers of a moorhen, but when I zoomed in it was a fish being shaken about by a kingfisher. The prey was almost as big as the predator, but eventually it was subdued by being bashed repeatedly against the branch the bird was perched on. In the photo you can see the fish scales left on the branch to either side of the kingfisher as it did this. There was no way it could be swallowed whole, or even held in the normal way lengthways in its beak, but the kingfisher managed to set off with it towards the chicks in its nest a few hundred yards away. I thought the usual feeding method was to tip the fish headfirst down the chick’s throat in one, but maybe they are now big enough to hack it to pieces?