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20130624 121 SERIES -  Black-crowned Night Heron.jpg
24-JUN-2013 Hank v/d Velde

20130624 121 SERIES - Black-crowned Night Heron.jpg

Ottawa West

Five images from a set of 10 consecutive shots of a B-c Night Heron catching its prey from an elevated perch.

Top image; Having spotted its prey the Heron prepares to strike from a low crouched position. Note, the small circular disturbance at the top of the water.


Going full stretch. Note how the Heron hangs on tight with its talons/feet. Seems almost impossible for it to righten itself from this position, but......

....with its prey secured and the help of some wing-flaps, it gets back up.

Triumphant, it proudly displays its catch, a Tadpole.

Nikon D800 ,NIKKOR 80-400 mm f/ 4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S
1/1250s f/8.0 at 400.0mm iso1250 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
unefilledefrance12-Aug-2013 10:55
a nice picture !
Cindy06-Aug-2013 22:48
I love this series. Amazing!!!!
Stephen Buckingham03-Jul-2013 15:23
Very cool sequence!
Hennie03-Jul-2013 07:19
Fantastic series Hank! perfect timing
Art Wittingen03-Jul-2013 06:54
Well captured series in a high difficult range . Welll done, impressive
Larry Umthun03-Jul-2013 02:00
Excellent set of action images Hank!
cmarsh01-Jul-2013 00:27
Very compelling series.
Milan Vogrin30-Jun-2013 20:32
Great set!V!
Martin Wenzel29-Jun-2013 16:47
Great series, Hank! Take care, Marty
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal29-Jun-2013 14:49
Prachtige aktie vast gelegd Hank van deze mooie nachtreiger.
Sofia Solomennikova29-Jun-2013 11:39
Great fishing lesson! V
Fong Lam29-Jun-2013 06:45
Absolutely fantastic series, Hank....great action shots! V
Bryan Murahashi29-Jun-2013 05:22
Fantastic captures, Hank.
Tom Munson29-Jun-2013 01:55
Awesome series, Hank! Your timing was perfect!
larose forest photos29-Jun-2013 01:44
Absolutely amazing and beautiful series of shots. You really caught the action well. A story in photos. Well done!!!
Jay Levin29-Jun-2013 01:07
Terrific series, Hank. These are totally enjoyable to view, and your descriptions are excennent.
bill friedlander29-Jun-2013 00:53
An amazing series, Hank! Interesting to see the heron's technique! V
Jean D28-Jun-2013 23:43
Excellent captures, Hank. They do what is necessary to survive. Great work..
Stephanie28-Jun-2013 22:58
An amazing series Hank!!! I love following the capture from start to finish :)
Carol Rollins28-Jun-2013 20:50
Fantastic series Hank! You got some great shots here.
Sam Rua28-Jun-2013 19:57
Excellent series, Hank. Amazing how it was able to hang onto that perch during the catch. Nice captures! V
fotabug28-Jun-2013 19:53
Fantastic capture! V
Missed Opportunities28-Jun-2013 19:14
That's called "Getting your head into it!" - nice series!
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet28-Jun-2013 19:08
Fabulous serie in action.
Colin Storey28-Jun-2013 18:54
Perfectly captured series Hank.
hge5428-Jun-2013 18:19
Fantastic, Hank. National Geographic type of work.
SageCreek Images28-Jun-2013 16:43
This series of images should be in video to show just how fast this series of images occurred...
Great job, Hank...
joseantonio28-Jun-2013 16:26
Your series is like watching a nature TV program. Well done.
Marcia Colelli28-Jun-2013 16:12
Fantastic timing of this series of action shots. Nice work V
Simon Chandler28-Jun-2013 16:03
Totally amazing series of images. Excellent capture. v
Tom LeRoy28-Jun-2013 15:45
Wow, what a great series, Hank! So well captured with the 80-400. V
Jim Coffman28-Jun-2013 15:27
Unbelievable! I would have fallen in the water! LOL!! Nice series,Hank!
Ted Busby28-Jun-2013 15:10
Great series Hank...What a balancing act...
hayl28-Jun-2013 15:07
Once again your terrific shots tell a great story.
Margot W28-Jun-2013 15:03
These series are fantastic. Wow! What action.
What a talent for both you and this great bird.
Penny B28-Jun-2013 14:35
Tack sharp series Hank!! Great action shots. It's amazing how they can hang on to the branch while upside down.
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