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Old Sep 14, 2006, 2:44 PM   #1
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Took these today and was amazed when the Heron had no problem swallowing this Bass. The first one is the Heron pulling the Bass out of the water, the second is the Heron getting ready to position it to swallow.

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Old Sep 14, 2006, 3:57 PM   #2
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Second one is... jummy... have to inspect my refrigerator for some food :-)

Keep on sharing, those birds always amase me!

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Old Sep 14, 2006, 4:38 PM   #3
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I call this "Down the hatch"



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Old Sep 14, 2006, 8:16 PM   #4
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One more shot of the fish dinner.

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Old Sep 14, 2006, 8:40 PM   #5
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Great shots as usual Tom...I always look forward to your postings! Jay
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Got some good ones. Amazing what they can swallow.



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Old Sep 14, 2006, 11:16 PM   #7
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Hi Tom,

Nicely done series. That bass had to go at least 2lbs and probably made the heron's day. They usually fluff out their feathers a bit after feeding, like your "bad hair day" post -- I've always wondered whether this was to dry off their feathers, or just a sign of satisfaction. . .

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Awesome pictures - that bass is huge! Heron's necks are so thin looking, it's hard to imagine them swallowing such a large fish.
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After watching them for hours, it seems that they fluff their feathers to shed the water, like a dog shaking. The ones I watched only fluff the feathers that get wet and the others stay where they were.

They also seem to take a drink right after eating a fish for some reason and one I was watching that stepped in a hole, floated like a duck until it got its footing once again.

This was a fun shoot the last few days and the bass today was what I was looking for all this time. It is interesting sitting for what seems like hours, waiting for the Heron to catch something that works in my photo and it gets pretty exciting when that happens.

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I wonder if the fish wiggle in his stomach:-)they don't kill them before eating, do they?

great photos, very nice capture.
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