The other day I witnessed an unusual feeding interaction.
Normally this is what you would expect to see a Hoopoe doing. Drilling for larvae or ants as it is doing here
I found this Eurasian Hoopoe with what looks like a Middle Eastern Short-fingered Gecko
It was dropping it and picking it up again as it tried to best position it for ingestion
Suddenly it raised its hood, and then moments later, flew off
This Arabian Grey Shrike landed at the spot where the Hoopoe had been. I presume it had been planning to rob the other bird of its meal. It had hungry mouths to feed
In a nearby bush I could hear the loud cries of the hungry shrike fledglings, as they urged the parents to bring them food. Note the fleshy yellow gape in this juvenile