The Fish That Got Away

About a month ago while watching the Osprey, a Green Heron landed on the dock below their nest platform with a fish he had just caught.

He immediately decided to swallow it.

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Green Heron preparing to swallow his catch.


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Green Heron working the wiggly fish.


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Down the hatch!


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The wiggly fish pops back out of the Green Heron’s throat.


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The fish that got away!


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“How’d that happen?”


The Green Heron just stood there bewildered.

After all that hard work catching that fish, I would be too.



50 thoughts on “The Fish That Got Away

  1. Wow! That is amazing! It’s hard for me to even think about swallowing something alive and wiggling, but to have it pop back up – whew! I think that fish deserved to live! Thanks for sharing some incredible photos!

    • Thank you, Hien! It may have been too big as well! I actually took 15 photos of the GH trying to swallow it, before he finally was able to, but that fish was not giving up on the fight! πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for all of your posts! Enjoyed the green heron series of shots.Β  Carol On Sat, 8 Sep 2018 00:37:15 +0000

  3. That’s a great series of images! It could be as Hien suggested, that the fish was too large for the heron to swallow, or it could be that the heron’s crop was almost full already, leaving no room for the fish. Either way, you were in the right place at the right time.

    • Thank you, Jerry! Wish it had been a sunny day and I had gotten clearer shots and didn’t have to crop to show the behavior. The fish may have been too big as well, I took about 15 shots of the GH trying to work with the fish who was wiggling hard, giving a fight! For once, the fish prevailed. πŸ™‚

  4. Nice catch. I have seen that and even worse when a bird catches a fish too big. Down here the ultimate winner is the Alligators. They can eat the really big fish. But the poor bird stands and watches his dinner get eaten by someone else.

  5. That’s so funny DonnaπŸ˜€but left the poor Heron quite amazed and somewhat disappointed. A great series of captures. At least yours didn’t get away. Have a restful weekend 😊

    • Glad to make you laugh, Ashley! The GH just stood there for a minute or so and then flew away. I think I heard him muttering. πŸ˜‰ Lucky for me to have spotted him. I see so much wildlife from my balcony, it is a treat to explore with my eyes, binoculars and lens to find them. πŸ™‚ Next post will elaborate some more critters.

      Thanks for weekend wishes, today I did just that, rested. Had a busy busy week. I think tomorrow I’ll do the same. 😊 Have a beautiful Sunday, Ashley!

  6. Lesson learned … take your catch onto land before trying to eat it! πŸ™‚
    I once saw a GB Heron catch a trout, carry it to shore and thwack it repeatedly on the stones to stun it before eating it. I wonder how it learned that? Same way? πŸ˜‰

    • Hee hee, that GH definitely needed that lesson learned, hope he heeds to it!

      I’ve seen GBH’s do the same thing with thwacking (great word, BTW!) it on stones along the shoreline. Could be could be! πŸ˜‰

  7. Funny That makes me feel better. LOL

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