Heron catches a Tench for supper. Aberlady Nature Reserve

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The fish wriggled all the way down after the heron swallowed it. Have to say I felt a bit sorry for the fish. I prefer mine battered with a few chips on the side....

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trikermike on August 18, 2013

i DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THE hERON STOOD PATIENTLY, BUT i BET WHEN IT GOT THE CATCH THE TENSION WAS RELEIVED

David Brown Photogra… on August 18, 2013

Wow that is one big darn fish Nik ! Isn't that a wonderful sight?

I had to think hard to remember what a tench was (is) - its been such a long time since I saw or heard the word.

This is a wonderful shot - well done - David in North Carolina

NikonWoman on August 18, 2013

Hi Mike and David, nice to hear from you both. I have to admit I did not know what kind of fish it was (other than an unlucky one) until I got home and looked in a book! I was just plain lucky being in the right place at the right time for once. Regards, Nik

trikermike on August 18, 2013

As you said David that IS one BIG DARN FISH, but I reckon that the Heron came off best, the fish got it's chips!

seventhheaven on August 22, 2013

The herons always amaze me with their seemingly lazy walking in the shallow water and then in the blink of an eye get some fish!Nice capture!

Andy Rodker on August 26, 2013

Excellent capture.

ysl

Best wishes, Andy

NikonWoman on August 28, 2013

Seventhheaven, Andy,

Thanks for your comments and awards. I was pleased with this as the heron caught me by surprise with the fish and it was a "snap and hope for the best" kind of shot... but I got it!

Unda J. on September 4, 2013

did he swallow it? surely its too big for his throat!

NikonWoman on September 4, 2013

Hi Steve, was on maximum zoom here so not to sure just exactly what I had till I got home. Lucky heron! Thanks for the like.

Unda, sadly for fish the heron swallowed the lot!

Frank Macpherson on September 8, 2013

Nikon,

A wonderful shot, wildlife is my next subject to tackle so gives me some ideas

Like

Frank

NikonWoman on September 12, 2013

Hi Frank, nice to meet another "Pano" member.

Many thanks for your the like and your comments on the heron. Wildlife is a great subject, you can't go wrong 'cos if they animals don't play the game then there is always a landscape...... Happy snapping.

HAMANA on September 19, 2013

Such a great moment, well captured!

Greetings from Michigan,

Doerthe

NikonWoman on September 20, 2013

Many thanks Doerthe, I did wonder if the heron would manage the wriggling fish - but he did!

Regards,

NW

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  • Uploaded on August 16, 2013
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    by NikonWoman
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX P520
    • Taken on 2013/08/16 18:55:49
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 180.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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