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Old Jun 22, 2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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this great blue heron was perched on the stump of an old piling at the park this evening, patiently waiting for his supper to swim by...



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Old Jun 22, 2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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Wow, you had a perfect vantage point to capture the action. Great lighting too. Very nice sequence.

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Old Jun 23, 2008, 8:21 AM   #3
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Great series Rocky! Everything came together on these.......cheers....Don
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Old Jun 23, 2008, 10:18 AM   #4
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great action nature shots
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Old Jun 23, 2008, 11:07 AM   #5
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Superb series Rocky! That's a pretty big snack - a catfish it looks like. The colours are great - and I love the detail of thewings / feathers. Cheers, Dan
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Great sequence. It may have flown off to a spot where it could manipulate the catfish safely - perhaps the fin spines would stick in its craw if it swallowed it tail first? I once watched a GBH repeated smack a ground squirrel against the ground to tenderize it or at least to make sure it was dead (it was). What do they do with a catfish?
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Fantastic series.
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Wow, what a great set!!!
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Old Jun 23, 2008, 11:05 PM   #9
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thanks, guys!

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Great sequence. It may have flown off to a spot where it could manipulate the catfish safely - perhaps the fin spines would stick in its craw if it swallowed it tail first? I once watched a GBH repeated smack a ground squirrel against the ground to tenderize it or at least to make sure it was dead (it was). What do they do with a catfish?
they always reposition their fish to swallow head first... they go down easier that way! :G as you mentioned, the spines in some fishes dorsal fins could stick in the heron's craw, and "tail-first" would be going "against the grain" so to speak, of the scales and other fins as well. the heronalso will often stand perfectly still, fish in beak, till the fish completely stops moving, just to make repositioning and swallowing it easier.
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Old Jun 24, 2008, 8:50 AM   #10
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Fantastic series Rocky! Love the second shot with the wing in the water.

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