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?
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Greetings from Trieste
Jethrohoyt, Congratulate on this marvellous photo! Here is an Austrian Relative
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!
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!
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.
I'll check it out, Thanks!
Now that is a great shot. Nature is so inconsiderate though.... you would think the fish could have held still for just a moment!! ;-)
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.
Jethrohoyt, excellent shot! Very well done! Greetings from Canada, Patty
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!
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.
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.
J'ai eu la chance
Felicitations from North Carolina - Jethro
Thank you Loewenkind for your visit and comments.
Best wishes to Germany from Jethro in North Carolina
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
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.
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
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