Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great Blue Heron with Fish, May 28, 2016

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Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, May 26, 2016
I know this is a little blurry, but I was thrilled to get this in-flight photo of a Great Blue Heron coming in with his dinner. He landed behind the rocks so I did not see if he was able to swallow such a large fish.

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  1. Awesome shot! I hope he was able to swallow the fish. It looks very big. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Replies
    1. Yes, indeed! A Great Blue Heron's wingspan can be over six feet (about 2 meters).

  3. Hello, it is a great capture of the heron with it's dinner. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  4. Now this is totally amazing!!! Fantastic. I'd be thrilled to have a photo such as yours. Well done.

    I always appreciate your attendance and linking at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Sharing with us birders is highly appreciated. Thanks.

  5. He really did get the catch of the day, didn't he! Wonderful photo of him in flight! WOW!

  6. Amazing capture! That looks like a big fish (you know what kind?) staring down its captor's throat here! So could the bird really manage to win the struggle and gulp that whole thing down entirely okay?? Does the fish put up a good fight, if eaten, does the unlucky prey get swallowed wriggling all the way as well?!

    1. I'm not sure what kind of fish it is. Usually the Heron will lay the fish on the ground until it stops wriggling around before he swallows it. Then he picks the fish up, flips it in the air to turn it around so it goes down its throat head first. Herons throats are able to stretch to allow them to swallow a fish whole, but this fish looks so big. I did not see him eat it, so I do not know the outcome.
      Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great day!

  7. Nice timing!I have seen them fly off with prey, probably to escape the attention of other herons who might try to steal it. It's unbelievable how their jaws can expand to swallow those big fishes.

  8. That is quite the catch!

  9. Looks like you both had a great catch! :D


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