Sunday, August 25, 2013

What a Catch!/Birding


 Great Blue Heron scratching an itch

Last Wednesday, this young heron was fishing in a small local marsh.  It didn't seem to mind that I was there with my camera as it was focused on catching some lunch. But then it appeared to be tired of waiting and took time to scratch an itch.


Soon it decided to change it's fishing spot.  And there it discovered a small fish and swallowed it in one gulp.


Another small fish was downed quickly.


And still another small fish served as an appetizer.

 Swallowing

Delish!

 Catfish

And then it caught a really BIG fish! Doesn't the heron looked pleased with its catch?

I am linking with I'd Rather B Birdin'  HERE.

41 comments:

Revrunner said...

He eats that catfish and he's going to be seriously overloaded for takeoff. :-)

Betty Manousos said...

great catch!!

wonderful series of photos.

have a great week ahead~
:))

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Haha! I was thinking the same as Revrunner, there's no way that young Heron is taking off in the next hour or so ) super series of shots EG.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wow! That guy's quite a fisherman. Love the soggy feathers.

Sandra said...

woo hoo on that last fish, would love to see him swallow it.. i have seen them swallow big fish and also the pelicans. it is amazing how they do it. i like the 2nd and last shot best.. they are all beautiful but those touch me...

Lois Evensen said...

After that cat fish, it'll be, "flutter, flutter, thud" on take off!

What a fun series of images!

Greetings from Port Canaveral,
Lois

Gregory Urbano said...

What a cliffhanger! Did he get that big fish down?
Nice series of shots!

Gary Phillips said...

He does look pleased!! Boom & Gary of the Vwermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

Great sequence of shots. Love the last one with the big catfish! He does look happy.

Kate said...

I, too, am impressed with the clarity of the last photo.

The Furry Gnome said...

Amazing pictures, so clear and so close.

Kerri Farley said...

they are all FAB shots ... but scratching his itch ... now that one takes the cake!!! LOVE 'em all!

Kathy said...

Super shots - especially the scratching one!

Phil Slade said...

Great shots. that heron wasn't going anywhere while catching so many fish - food first! Escape later.

Anni said...

I see pride and elation in that last photo!! Great captures. The 'scratching an itch' is super how you caught it on 'film'.

Andy said...

Camera Girl, I like your story telling using photos.

Viola said...

Oh my..! these are tremendous photos! I guess this bird got a very delicious meal and it looks quite satisfied and proud - yes! :)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos! I got some of one scratching an itch, too, but none of them came out good enough to post. These birds are stunning! I like all of the action shots you got.

Michelle said...

I cannot imagine him swallowing that big catfish!

Terri said...

Oh wow- his tummy must have been empty! Nice series!

TexWisGirl said...

looks a lot like the one i posted on friday, but yours was a much better fisherheron. :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots! Nice lunch he caught himself.

cieldequimper said...

These could be the illustrations for a book about herons!

Our photos said...

Beautiful series of photos!
Greetings from, RW & SK

Small City Scenes said...

My goodness, that is a big fish. did he swallow it down? I love the itchy shot. Usually Herons are kinda skittish. You did good. MB

Janie said...

Yes, the heron looks very pleased, as he should be with a catch of that size! Must've been tough to swallow that all in one gulp.

Lowell said...

I wonder if he would sell his secret. I've fished all day at times and not caught as many as this thing did. The first shot made me laugh out loud!

RedPat said...

Wow, EG! What a great set of pics. I can't get over the size of that catfish.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Lovely series of photos. We love to watch the herons.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

He does look pleased with himself!

Jack said...

EG, your series is terrific. I wish I could say that I took the third or sixth photograph. In the winter, I see many heron. Maybe I can do it then.

Giga said...

No to czapla miała ucztę. Wspaniałe zdjecia. Pozdrawiam.
Well, heron was a feast. Great pictures. Yours.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots. This bird is very efficient at catching its dinner.

Barbara Martin said...

Hopefully the heron was able to down the catfish, but you don't say. A nice ending to a series of great photos.

Randy said...

Someone needs feather gel in that first shot.

Stephanie said...

Great captures!

Rose said...

Could it actually fly after all those fish????

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful shots, the bird looks like it has hit the jackpot on the last one!

see you there! said...

What a great series of photos. Seems the heron was quite willing to pose for you.

Darla

edenhills said...

That bird does look seriously happy with himself!

Linda Kittmer said...

Awesome catch of the awesome catch!

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