Camouflaged Heron – Weekly Photo Challenges: The Golden Hour & The World Through Your Eyes

The only movement was a slight tilt to her head, first to the left, and then an almost imperceptible extending of her neck, up up higher higher until she was staring straight down into the lake. Whoosh, as arrow beak pierced the surface, and her body lunged fully beneath the water, energy exploding water droplets everywhere. 

Great blue heron diving beneath the surface.

Great blue heron diving beneath the surface.

When last I wrote of The One that Didn’t Get Away, you saw the great blue heron flying off with her prize catch – an enormous pike in her beak. This was the scene only moments before, when her arrow beak pierced the surface, energy exploding droplets everywhere.

Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress for the inspiration of this Golden Hour Weekly Photo Challenge and also this Weekly Photo Challenge, where we were challenged to “share a photograph that shows a command of your frame. Lead our eyes somewhere. Make us focus on something.”

(This took place October 7, 2007)

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Posted on June 25, 2013, in ardea herodias, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. That first shot is wonderful (not for the fish, of course!)! How amazing that you captured it!

  2. Stunning photo you captured here!!

  3. Cette photo est tout simplement sublime ! C’est aussi ma préférée. Quelle extraordinaire explosion de lumière et merci pour le texte qui permet encore mieux d’apprécier la magie de cette photo qui sait capter l’instant rare, la seconde même de la merveille.

    • Je suis si contente que vous aimez cette photo, c’est l’un de mes favoris. J’ai été très chanceux avec la caméra ce jour-là pour photographier l’éclairage du soleil les bulles d’eau d’or. Je vous remercie de votre aimable compliment! S’il vous plaît excusez mon français mal écrit!

  4. I’ve been meaning to ask you about your Heron/Pike shot. It didn’t swallow it..did it?
    It seems way too big to be swallowed!
    Great shot!

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