Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Heron with Fish, October 25-26, 2016

Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, October 20, 2016
I always enjoy seeing the Great Blue Herons, Ardea herodias. This one was wading along the edge of Pickwick Lake.

Suddenly it plunged its head beneath the water and came up with a fish! Sorry this photo is so blurry, but there was a lot of movement: the fish was twisting and flopping trying to get free, the Heron was struggling to hold on to it, and water was flying in all directions!

Now it has a good grip on it.

It carried the fish to shore and laid it on the ground just long enough to turn it around in order to swallow it head first.

Great Blue Heron's throats expand so they can swallow surprisingly large fish.

Down it goes!

I thought a fish that size would satisfy it for awhile, but it turned around and waded back into the water to look for another fish.

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  1. Now that's what I call a fish and as you say Lea, proabaly enough for a good meal. But no, I've seen herons do just the same and go back for more. I guess they have to eat as much as they can as often as they are able. No set meal times for birds?

  2. Excellent shot of both bird and fish. Amazing. That was a big fish but he yummed it down alright.

  3. Awesome photography of one of nature's gems and catching the big fish! Wow!

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  4. My mother taught me not to take big bites ... I wonder where his mother was when this big bite went down ... she was probably proud as heck. Culturally, we come from different worlds, Ha! Great series of shots and you are excused if you capture a little blur here and there :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  5. Great photo captures. You did well to keep up with the action. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow....what a terrific series of this feeding time. For some reason, I'm hungry now.

  7. You did a great job photographing the action! That heron is beautiful and I'm amazed at the size of that fish.

  8. Great series! That was quite the impressive catch.

  9. Hello!:) Great action shots!:) It's amazing how they can swallow a whole fish, even a large one like this one. Great stuff!!.

  10. It's fascinating to watch them get something that size down their throat.

  11. That's a big fish! Great series of shots.

  12. Great series of pics - love the first one.


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