Great Blue Heron and fish (at the point of no return)

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When the heron skewers the fish on either its bottom or top bill, we took continuous shots on all 8 fish but could not learn its trick for getting them off without loosing the fish between one frame and the next the fish was off and in its bill.

Here the unfortunate fish is at the point of no return. Its going down!

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Comments (4)

Kenneth Kruse on April 16, 2012

Nice capture (for the bird) and great shot too!

Amazing how that skinny neck can pass a big fish. Around here you can't get within 200 yds of a heron.

David Brown Photogra… on April 17, 2012

I have at least a dozen shots of the fish going down Ken and how the heron expands its throat accordingly. The miracles of nature huh?

Many thanks buddy!


Patty Arsenault on May 8, 2012

If you ever discover the trick, I'm sure you'll let us know, Jethro. Nice documentary. Great photo, too! like

Cheers -Patty

David Brown Photogra… on May 9, 2012

Oh no problem it just shortens its neck, which makes it fatter (all that matter has to go somewhere) - then the fish can slide down.

Best wishes from North Carolina - Jethro

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 16, 2012
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    by David Brown Photogra…
    • Taken on 2012/04/15 12:43:11
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash