A Heron’s Lunch (Six Photographs)

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The herons I see do not seem to catch very large fish; I mentioned this to Michael Powell when I saw his post of a Heron fishing https://michaelqpowell.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/playing-it-safe/. All this bird caught was a small catfish. Herons have a huge reservoir of patience; if you decide to do a sequence like this it means waiting an interminable time for something to happen. When the bird gets down to business the catch happens in seconds. Once caught flipping the fish around and preparing it for consumption takes only a little longer. While waiting, the temptation is to get some good shots of the bird and the reflection in the water. This can distract you from the lightening strike to get the fish (I’ve missed more than once). Finally a small fish being swallowed is nowhere near as impressive as a heron swallowing a much larger fish. But you are rewarded by a clear grin of satisfaction at the end.

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20 responses

  1. sparseart

    Herons are one of my favorites. Used to the PNW variety. Smaller, and no catfish, sadly.


    August 15, 2016 at 2:37 am

  2. Seattle Park Lover

    Great shots!


    August 15, 2016 at 4:58 am

  3. Beautiful photos. They look like paintings.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 15, 2016 at 6:51 am

  4. Beautiful captures!


    August 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

  5. More like a snack 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

  6. Nice captures making for a really nice series.


    August 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  7. Wonderful series of shots!


    August 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  8. Nice action, not easy, well done!


    August 16, 2016 at 2:31 am

  9. Wonderful shots, Victor. I know how hard it can be to get shots like this. You mentioned patience, but you have to be lucky too. I can’t even count the number of times when a heron has turned its back on me after it has plucked a fish out of the water, leaving me without a decent shot. As for the size of the catch, I am amazed at how omnivorous heron’s are. I have seen them catch dragonflies, frogs, fish of all sizes, and even a snake. I love to watch them, but often I am not as patient as they are.

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    August 16, 2016 at 5:54 am

  10. TPJ

    Nice catch and story line.


    August 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

  11. Lovely photos. Beautiful creatures, though I prefer they stay away from my koi pond. I’ve seen them catch some of my big fish. They spear them first, close to the spine. Next they drag the stunned fish out of the pond where they can flick it up at an angle to slide down their long throat. This seems to point where I mostly discover the attack. Bastards. Oh, except when they are not fishing at my pond – they are then quite splendid!

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    August 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm

  12. Great catch! Both you and the heron.


    August 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

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