This Great Blue Heron was standing at the edge of the lake and spent 20 minutes staring at the bank. At least, from my vantage point, I thought he was staring at the bank. I saw one grab a vole out of the dirt one time and thought this one was watching a vole or maybe a snake. After a long wait, the heron finally struck and came up with a small fish. I have to be honest, I was hoping for a little more, but in the animal world, food is food.
Instead of swallowing it immediately as they often do, this heron would start to swallow the fish and then drop it and catch it and drop it and catch it. I thought the fish was a goner several times, but it would come back out. Finally, after a few minutes of this, the heron decided it was good enough and swallowed it.
It was tricky shooting because it was early morning and the heron was standing under some trees which made for a combination of shadows and bright light. As the heron moved in and out of the light, the exposure was constantly changing. The entire sequence would be way too long to post, so these are just some highlights.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday