Monday, November 05, 2007

Fishing, Natures Way


I was excited to have shared this moment last year with Chad. We photographed this Great Blue Heron stalking the shallows for quite some time.

Suddenly with a quick stab of its beak it speared a crappie making for this unique capture. I quickly shot this frame and then seen the sickening notice in the viewfinder that my memory card was full. While I changed cards the bird deftly flipped the fish into the air catching it head first and swallowing it whole.

This photograph is currently published in the Pennsylvania Game Commission Calendar. The wildlife photographs featured in it are all taken by agency employees or retirees. To visit the Pa Game Commissions Outdoor shop Click Here.

Captured with a Canon Power-Shot S2 IS

9 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

My big white lens has a motor in it and when I press the shutter the lens will focus and you can just hear the motor. If I hold it long then the battery wears out. So I have to time shots like this or I would be replacing batteries all the time.

I think it is a fabulous shot. I wish I could stalk Great Blue Herons. I have to drive about 80 miles to Celina, Ohio to see them at Lake St Marys.

I did post some hummingbird photos yesterday at my website linked below.

oldmanlincoln

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

What an amazing sight! I never realized they speared the fish.

I like to go to our herring run each spring to watch the gulls feast on the herring. This heron of yours looks much more a "classy" eater than the gulls! =)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great Capture and a good lesson about memory cards.. I have now started to down load them after each outing then go through what I've taken..
Not everyone as the time for that I know.
I'm off to follow the link now

photowannabe said...

Terrific shot Salty and congratulations on being published.

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful capture. I wish I'd see something like this.

imac said...

""Well caught sir.""

Thought someone would have beat me to that caption haha.

Such a grand photo Salty.
You must be very proud of that one.
Well done.

Kerri said...

Wow.... just to see one of these much less photograph would be a treat in itself. We have herons around here - not sure if they are Great Blue or not -- I think they are called Green Herons. These guys are magnificent.
What a Great shot!

Jill said...

Good one!

Kekiinani said...

Hey.. Spear Fishing. WOW!! That is an amazing shot. I have never seem one of these birds and you captured the right moment and thank goodness for the one frame left on the card!!! I know how that is!! :) :) Awesome on being featured in the calendar.. Very Cool!! :) :) :)