Unhappy lunch (by the look on its face)

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Comments (18)

Nawitka on April 29, 2008

Oh, that is fantastic! The lunch does not look happy, the heron is pretty pleased though! I have a photo of a Vancouver heron too, although I was not so close as this! Yes, luck is everything, really, isn't it? Or perhaps serendipity is a better word. Have you seen the serendipity thread in the Photography Forum?

▬ Mauro Antonini ▬ on May 3, 2008

--- VOTED --- Greetings from Trieste

N@turfreund on November 8, 2008

Jethrohoyt, Congratulate on this marvellous photo! Here is an Austrian Relative

Greetings, Manfred

David Brown Photogra… on September 12, 2009

Thank you Billy we were Very Lucky to get this. We walked down through the trees and the heron, normally a fanatically timid bird looked at us and then the shoal of lunch-fish he had been stalking and then back at us.

Finally he decided that his investment in the fish was worth the risk with us, so he waited us out and pounced.

As I say, we was lucky!

((Ospr3y)) on November 12, 2009

So which one is Unhappy the Heron or the Fish? I imagine the fish is unhappy because the Heron has Lunch and the fish is lunch! :)

Good shot and wonderful camera!



David Brown Photogra… on November 13, 2009

Yes I think you're right Liam the fish looks most glum!

Have you hacked your Canon yet? I did my S3 a year ago and have never looked back. I get RAW from it and have a real battery gauge and other less useful data. Go to This site to get the low-down for your model.

All the best from North Carolina.

((Ospr3y)) on November 13, 2009

I'll check it out, Thanks!

Cleber C Ferreira on December 19, 2009

Nice shot!

Poljes on March 9, 2010

Now that is a great shot. Nature is so inconsiderate though.... you would think the fish could have held still for just a moment!! ;-)

David Brown Photogra… on March 11, 2010

Thank you Cleber and a belated thanks for coming by.

Fish have no sense of style, have you noticed that Paul - or sense of smell for that matter.

All the best to you both.

Patty Arsenault on July 5, 2010

Jethrohoyt, excellent shot! Very well done! Greetings from Canada, Patty

David Brown Photogra… on July 5, 2010

Why thank you Patty I am glad you like this, it is one of my favorites and you don't get the a chance like this every day!

Best wishes from Purgatory!


Jeff Annely on August 15, 2010

I like this one Jethro, nice and atmospheric. Is this a Blue Heron? We don't tend to get them down our way so much.

David Brown Photogra… on August 16, 2010

Thank you Jeff - indeed it is a Great Blue Heron a bird I have come to know and, yes I suppose, love in recent years.

Y'all be good now.

David Brown Photogra… on January 21, 2011

Merci Annie

J'ai eu la chance

Felicitations from North Carolina - Jethro

David Brown Photogra… on April 1, 2011

Thank you Loewenkind for your visit and comments.

Best wishes to Germany from Jethro in North Carolina

Nick Weall on February 20, 2012

The only thing missing is the chips, but a great meal all the same and an even greater capture for both the heron and the photographer. YSL and congratulations ~ All the best ~ nick

David Brown Photogra… on February 20, 2012

Thank you indeed Nick

Our birds are very shy and this one would have been 'off' had he/she not seen a large fish fooling around in the shallows. As we approached, the bird looked at us, then the fish and then at us again. We saw it computing the risks and the potential reward and it made its mind up to ignore us in favor of lunch.

Good call!

Best wishes from a white and cold North Carolina - Jethro

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Photo taken in William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 27, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by David Brown Photogra…
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
    • Taken on 2008/04/26 16:43:31
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 72.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash