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Old Jan 10, 2010, 7:11 PM   #1
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this little fella was rather obliging and came in close enough for some nice shots at the park yesterday. i watched him for about half an hour, as he caught himself a nice fat little catfish and spent the better part of 20 minutes fussing with it until he got it into position, then - gulp! - it was gone! 40D, 400mm, 1/1000 @ f/8...





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Old Jan 10, 2010, 7:32 PM   #2
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Excellent photos, Rocky!
I had a similar experience with a Great blue Heron about a year ago. I got several shots but, I was a little short on the lens so I didn't get near this good a shot.
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nicely timed to get him with his little catfish. nice photos, very sharp.
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Excellent photos, Rocky!
I had a similar experience with a Great blue Heron about a year ago. I got several shots but, I was a little short on the lens so I didn't get near this good a shot.
thanks... this little fella was pretty cooperative... came to within about 30 feet of the dock, so i was able to get some pretty close shots. once he caught his supper, though, he started drifting farther away, and by the time he got the fish down, he was probably about 40 yards away...
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It's always a blast to see scenes like this. Just lovely Rocky. Crisp and sharp. Way to go. Cheers, Dan
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.....that's a big supper! Nicely done, thanks for sharing, they are fun to see photos.
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Nice opportunity taken good advantage of. Did you ever wonder how they know to swallow a fish head first - especially valuable with catfish, whose backward pointing spines would stick in the craw and could kill the bird if it couldn't regurgitate it! It could be a painful lesson! So the 20 minutes was well spent!
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Nice opportunity taken good advantage of. Did you ever wonder how they know to swallow a fish head first - especially valuable with catfish, whose backward pointing spines would stick in the craw and could kill the bird if it couldn't regurgitate it! It could be a painful lesson! So the 20 minutes was well spent!
if nothing else, the fins fold flat that way, and they slide down easier! one of those little evolutionary lessons that they seem to remember instinctively...
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I've often wondered how they manage to eat catfish.
Can you imagine having something like that wiggling around in your stomach?
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this little fella was rather obliging and came in close enough for some nice shots at the park yesterday. i watched him for about half an hour, as he caught himself a nice fat little catfish and spent the better part of 20 minutes fussing with it until he got it into position, then - gulp! - it was gone! 40D, 400mm, 1/1000 @ f/8...
Wonderful shots of this little guy - But you slander him...

He wasn't "fussing," he was timing his acts to avoid those damn spines...

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