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.
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)
© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
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 ardea herodias, babsje, great blue heron, heron, kayak birding. Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.
That first shot is wonderful (not for the fish, of course!)! How amazing that you captured it!
Thanks for the kind words! It was an exciting experience to watch as it unfolded. The herons are so very patient when they are stalking a fish, but then they move in with lightning-quick reflexes for the catch.
It sounds like quite an experience! Thank you for sharing!
Stunning photo you captured here!!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked this photo, it’s one of my favorites!
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!
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!
Thanks Wayne. Glad you like it. This golden hour shot is the same Heron thq6 caught the pike. This photo was taken only a few frames before the pike and this is the Heron diving beneath the surface to retrieve the pike. And yes, the Heron swallowed the pike whole. Amazing 😊
Here’s that GBH swallowing that huge pike https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/epic-great-blue-heron-swallows-ginormous-fish/ I was amazed and relieved that the Heron survived that. 😊
that is amazing Babsje! Remember that just because the Heron swallowed it and flew away doesn’t mean it didn’t go into distress later on and die?
We see very little of the deaths in Nature.
Good point, Wayne, and you’re definitely right that we don’t see many of the wildlife deaths that happen. I posted about one not too long ago. However in the case of this Heron, she may have been distressed for a while but she definitely survived. I was VERY anxious about that until I saw with my own eyes and camera. I love happy ending stories.
I would of been concerned too! She should never bite off more then she could chew……swallow!
Very good wordsmithing “biting off more than she can chew…or swallow.’!
I heat up the hearth and pound that anvil from time to time.
Blacksmith humor – not something a person reads every day! Clever
And here she is having survived eating that epic pike: https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/plucky-great-blue-herons-happy-ending/ 😊
Is she still around?
I hope so but cannot get out on the water yet due to my broken heel. She was around 3 years old at the time she swallowed that pike and it is now 13 years later. Great Blues are said to live between 16 and 23 years. So it’s definitely possoble. Thinking positively here. 😊
She’s walking around wondering “where did she go”,”maybe I have bad breath”?
Good retort. The notion of wildlife wondering about where a human has gone brings up that old song Puff the Magic Dragon, the part where the young boy stops his visits to Puff. Thanks
Yes,I thought that song was about smoking weed but apparently not.
Oh maybe you’re right!! I will hear it 8n a whole new light now. Thanks!
Oops. I had a typo/mistake in my reply to your comment! That swallowing the huge pike photo series was not taken 13 years ago, it was only 9. So that Great Blue would be around 12 years old now. Almost a spring chicken in Heron years!
and it’s probable taken this long to digest that Pike!
Yep. And think about it. When we humans overeat we can opt for something different but it’s fish again?? for the herons.
Yes,they do stir fries,fish bakes etc to shake things up I bet!
Rofl stir fries. Actually have seen them eating a swmi-varied diet including chipmunk, grubs, crayfish, Dragon flies. Not so much into veggies though. 😊
A true carnivore!
Or even omnivore!! 😊
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