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Great Blue Heron with Carp
16-FEB-2006 Breland

Great Blue Heron with Carp

Bosque del Apache Refuge

Gayle and I could not believe that this heron swallowed this fish. We must have both taken 20 or 30 shots. We took this this afternoon at the Bosque del Apache WMR in New Mexico.

Nikon D70 ,Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF
1/800s f/6.7 at 500.0mm full exif

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shatterbug03-Jul-2007 04:57
Would not believe this if not for your photo! Excellent capture!
Elaine (etfitz)25-Feb-2006 23:44
Amazing image! Can't believe he can swallow something that huge!
Jim McKinlock24-Feb-2006 01:39
What an amazing shot.
snootydog22-Feb-2006 17:03
wonderful action shot. It is unbelievable what these guys can swallow.
Gayle Jenkins19-Feb-2006 04:54
This was a really awesome shot Breland, sorry I missed it yesterday.
fotabug19-Feb-2006 04:28
Excellent timing.
petesie19-Feb-2006 02:10
Oh my, I missed this one. Fabulous, fantastic, awesome, OK, I've run out of superlatives and will go vote now. Nature photography at its best.
Buz Kiefer18-Feb-2006 11:26
Breland this is an exceptional nature shot. GMV.
Karen Leaf18-Feb-2006 05:22
Incredible shot Bre. That fish doesn't look too small, either. A wow moment.
laine8218-Feb-2006 03:56
I wonder how long it takes for the fish to stop swimming :>( fantastic timing Breland.
Cindy Flood18-Feb-2006 03:10
I'm green with envy, both with this capture, and the fact that you are back at Bosque again. Excellent, Bre. GMV
Linda Zhang18-Feb-2006 01:27
Quite a catch, both for the bird and for you! Congratulations.
Guest 18-Feb-2006 00:58
Wow.. what a capture Breland, well done indeed!
J. Scott Coile17-Feb-2006 21:21
Big fish... little bird (relatively) :) Great shot Bre!
Lee Rudd17-Feb-2006 17:58
amazing catch!
Bob Foisel17-Feb-2006 17:20
Wow what a catch, Even the birds get caught in the seven deadly sins.
Dave Wyman17-Feb-2006 17:09
My kids used to like to say "Do you like SEE food, Daddy," and then open wide their little mouths stuffed with food. This gives their joke a whole new dimension.
SageCreek Images17-Feb-2006 16:15
Superb capture, it always amazes me to see something like this and their ability to swllow it whole.
Side note: the other day I was waiting to get my hair cut, and picked up an older copy of Outdoor Sports, and found an artical about a snake in the Everglades of Flordia that had attempted too swallow an alligator whole and split in half, I believe the artical said the snake was sixteen foot long...
Katie Chew17-Feb-2006 14:50
Nice capture!
Beverly Wickersham17-Feb-2006 14:34
Outstanding! That ought to hold him for a while.
Celeste C.17-Feb-2006 14:13
Wonderful capture! That fish does look awfully big- - almost as big as the Heron!
twistedlim17-Feb-2006 13:47
nice catch!
Neal Nye17-Feb-2006 13:28
Never eat anything bigger than your head!
Guest 17-Feb-2006 12:52
Great capture!!
Photo Club Pavillonnais17-Feb-2006 12:07
a great shot
bravo, splendid
jean luc bocquillon
Karen Stuebing17-Feb-2006 12:03
It doesn't seem possible. That's quite a meal for him. Great capture.
Al Chesworth17-Feb-2006 11:55
Well a bird's gotta eat, great capture.
Ed Goodnight17-Feb-2006 11:34
Vote
Up to the lips and over the gums
Look out stomach
Here it comes
Sheila17-Feb-2006 07:51
Good grief, the fish is enormous!
Wonderful capture.
Arno Meintjes Wildlife17-Feb-2006 07:01
Superb
QUERIDO17-Feb-2006 06:41
nice shot
henrywong17-Feb-2006 06:37
Is the fish too big for him ? Wonderful catch !!
Bryan Murahashi17-Feb-2006 06:23
Fabulous nature shot. That's quite a meal. GMV.
Robin Reid17-Feb-2006 06:03
Now that is a mouthful. What a surprise and it makes an excellent shot!
Guest 17-Feb-2006 06:00
Great capture...
soulis17-Feb-2006 05:41
Great shot! Voted.
Tom Munson17-Feb-2006 05:20
Terrific shot Breland, that's a mouth full.
Kimberly17-Feb-2006 05:20
What a neat thing to see, Breland! Fantastic shot :)
Peter Stahl17-Feb-2006 05:16
Wow! Thats an impressive shot. Nice timing.
Dawn17-Feb-2006 05:16
Awesome capture!
Herb Knufken17-Feb-2006 05:16
Impressive
Scott Schexnaydre17-Feb-2006 05:14
Great capture. What kind of duck in the back ground? Smiley?