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Old Feb 16, 2009, 7:09 PM   #1
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Hi Guys: Sorry for being wordy in advance, but wanted to share a photography moment that I had today. Being a holiday, and taking the day off work, I went for a walk around the sub-division with an E-330 and the 40-150 lens. There are numerous small lakes and ponds located around the golf course, and I saw a Great Blue Heron fishing at one. Deciding to test my patience, I stood there waiting to see if I could catch him when he made his move to grab a fish. Made a quick shot just to check focus and exposure, then I just kept waiting.
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 7:10 PM   #2
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The bird still wasn't moving, so I took a second to take a cigar out of my shirt pocket and light up. At that exact moment there was a large SPLASH of water just in front of the bird, and that heron jumped backwards at least 3 feet back on the bank. Of course, I missed the shot trying to light the cigar. Then the little 3 foot alligator that got the fish came out of the water and rested on the edge holding the fish in his jaws. The heron started over toward the gator, looked like he was going to try to get it back, but eventually decided to leave it to the beast.
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 7:12 PM   #3
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As he was just laying there with the fish in his mouth, I moved closer very slowly to not frighten him off, and was able to get some shots of the gator holding the fish. So an interesting few shots, decided to share them with the group.
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moving a little closer:
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 7:14 PM   #5
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he still didn't move.
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 7:16 PM   #6
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Kinda of ugly isn't he?

P.S. To Zig: How would you like to lose some of your beautiful fishing flies to such an ugly mug as that fellow?
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Hi Steven,

You sure did get pretty close to that critter. If it were me I'd be using a 70-300 with an EC-20 TC or I wouldn't get any shot at all.

If that character happened to get one of my flies, I'd be happy to let himkeep it. I figure It's easier to tie another than grow some fingers.:?:?

Nice shots of the gator and fish. That Heron must have been pretty ticked off 'cause that's a pretty fair size fish.

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Ah, He coulda gotten closer! That guy looks *busy*. I can say that of course, because I was here, not there.
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Interesting story to go along with the pics. Thanks for sharing.

Now the reason I don't live in Florada, ot other gulf coast states:G


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