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Comments (15)

diannemcd on August 4, 2009

Amazing, I couldnt work out what he had in his mouth, what a great shot. Dianne

Marbiz on August 5, 2009

That is a great capture Bits, I can understand why the bird was having trouble getting that tasty morsel down it gullet. Its bigger than its throat.

Inspector H snaps on August 5, 2009

....and I think the saying "eyes bigger than his belly" seems apt....hi Bits Helen

whoelius on August 6, 2009

I wonder if the bird eventually realised that the reason he couldn't chew on the fish was that it was, in fact, an ice sculpture of a fish.

Well that's what it looks like to me, anyway. It reminds me of Ippa's icy dolphin.

not1word on August 7, 2009

How you guys find these little bits of life going on all around is beyond me. I have enough trouble finding my house at the end of a day.

kamalyn on August 8, 2009

Thanks so much Dianne, EAGLE, marbiz, Helen, horton's hoo, and not1word ! It was a huge surprise to realize this was playing out, that's for sure. Funny thing is, it was the end of a fantastic day of kayaking amid a hundred or more seals, and I was exhausted. I'd taken this route to stop at a store just to get a nice caffeinated high sugar soda to perk me up, and I saw this little pond across from the store's driveway. The bird was way out in the middle, and I just thought it was a very strange heron. It kept flying around, and I lucked out when it flew into a tree right over a few birders who'd just stopped by, so they pointed to where he was in the tree - I'd have never found him there on my own.

So n1w, you're really right. This is just a National Geographic moment happening in manmade pond near the center of town, with lots of traffic passing nearby. I wouldn't say you don't notice the details, though. Its just you're focusing on the neon and other cool details most people are blind to!

TALAT DUMAN on August 8, 2009

Bits-n-Pieces ,

Very nice . a very beautiful bird, a very nice macro work, congratulations.E A G L E

Bits-n-Pieces on August 8, 2009

Thanks Again Eagle ! Sorry if I confused you - kamaly and I are the same person! Well, except she's much more annoying than me.

not1word on August 8, 2009

Thanks, Bits. I plumb forgot to say that this is a pretty cool shot, too.

someGuyinmasset on August 9, 2009

Wow what a shot! Was it in the tree to feed young or just trying to find a quiet spot to eat?

Bits-n-Pieces on August 9, 2009

Thanks n1w and Guy! The bird was just perching, trying to figure out how to swallow the thing whole. I think it was still alive and wriggling so he was having a hard time til he flew to the shore and out the fish on the ground to grab it better. But it seems this is 'his tree'. So funny. Yesterday I stopped there, and he was just standing in the water at the base of the tree with a flock of ducks being fed.

Cal Kimola Brown on August 9, 2009

Awesome! Do you know what he is? I am amazed he posed long enough for you to get the shot.

Bits-n-Pieces on August 9, 2009

Hi Cal - It's a Black Crowned Night Heron (Norrel put the Latin name on the shot to the right arrow of this one.) He hangs out around a pond in a public park, and it's turned out he's shockingly used to people - only flies off if they get closer than about 10 feet. Yesterday I got shots of him hanging out next to shore, in the middle of a flock of ducks, with two people about 20 feet away feeding the ducks.

Chrisssss on October 11, 2009

Wow that's amazing!

Bits-n-Pieces on October 14, 2009

Hi Chrisssss - Thanks! It was pretty startling to not only have a heron so close, but then to be able to watch him trying to eat this big fish. Felt like watching a nature shot on tv -- but of course, better.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 2, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
    • Taken on 2009/08/02 18:05:20
    • Exposure: 0.050s (1/20)
    • Focal Length: 63.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash