Bottoms Up – Tilted Theme

She lifted her tail – higher and higher until it seemed she might accidentally tip fully forward and execute a face-plant in the water.

Great blue heron focusing intently while stalking a fish.

Great blue heron focusing intently beneath the surface, while perfectly balanced.

As she stalked her prey, there came a subtle shift in her center of gravity. 

From a standing position, head and tail level, perfectly horizontal, she slowly slowly lowered her beak towards the water’s surface, the better to peer below.

As she did that, she lifted her tail – higher and higher until it seemed she might accidentally tip fully forward and execute a face-plant in the water.

She was far too graceful for that, maneuvering those huge wings into perfect position to achieve balance…

And to achieve dinner!

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Thanks for the Tilted theme nudge Ailsa and WordPress.
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© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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Posted on July 24, 2013, in ardea herodias, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Tilted, Travel Theme Challenge, Weekly Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Wow! Utterly amazing shot!

  2. What a gymnast! Amazing!

  3. You nailed it! A perfectly timed capture and excellent description.

  4. That is a beautiful shot. I’ve been stalking herons for some time and can’t seem to capture them on camera. You work is fascinating and your stories inspiring.

    • Thanks for the kind words, and I’m always happy to “meet” another lover of herons here on the blogs. They are shy and elusive, yet somewhat predictable. I’m sure you’ll capture some on film if you keep at it. The secret is to staying distant, using a long lens, and don’t let them sense your presence.

  5. Thanks for deciding to follow my blog! Yours is beautiful and I will enjoy exploring your herons.

  6. I have enjoyed following your blog! 🙂

  7. Thanks for checking out my lifestyle blog Bmore Energy. I was entranced by a blue heron in a river near me but haven’t posted those picture yet. Maybe now I will.

  8. Forest So Green

    Super photo. I just love to watch the birds 🙂 Annie

  9. Beautiful capture. Like a ballerina!

  10. Gorgeous the way he is standig there waiting for his meal

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