Saturday, April 2, 2011

Great Blue Heron - Act IV

Finally, success!  Not only in capturing and keeping the catfish, but in finally being able to swallow it whole.  (I only got the one 'gulping' photo that I showed in the last post because he kept ducking down behind the weeds to swallow it, but it did take him several tries).  I don't know how his gullet felt after that, but he remained on the shoreline, sipping a lot of water and walking back and forth until he finally felt like flying off.


Doesn't he look like he needs to burp?



He looks like he could throw up here. 

The end.

Thanks for sticking with us on this series of posts!

53 comments:

Cathy said...

I can't believe he could fly off with that much fish weight in his belly!!! Very nice photos.

AJ said...

Yèh...a big applause. Great series!

Sailor said...

Beautiful!

Nancy said...

It's what they do! And they do it well. Beautiful photos, T. I can't get over the blues. So vivid. :)

Samantha said...

I had to show Michael the full series of photos. He couldn't believe he swallowed the fish whole.

Amazing shots!

Rural Rambler said...

Goodness! I can't imagine. You got a great series of pictures. I am glad I don't gulp my food down like that! Yikes!

Liesl said...

Absolutely stunning captures,yes I would have a need to burp after all that!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Success!.He probably won't need to eat anytime soon.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

You made me laugh with the "burp" picture. It really did look like he was trying to burp.

The pictures are all fantastic!
Love ya!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Tum, ta-ta-ta TUMS!!! (or)

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" (remember that commercial?)

That's amazing. But it even made me feel uncomfortable - like I do when I've eaten too much. Thanks for those pics - you had a lot of patience to capture all of them. How long did the whole episode take?

Eyeliquor 2 said...

I wonder if he will be back..
Nice captures!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Now that's a full belly.

He's a good-looking bird!

Millie said...

If he were a ruminant he could burp it up to chew more thoroughly after swallowing it whole!

Farmchick said...

Such excellent coloring on this bird and this series is FANTASTIC. Love it.

Lois Evensen said...

That was an absolutely fabulous series!

Amila Kanchana said...

Well,he is bound to put on some weight now!

Sharon said...

I was waiting for him to keel over and his legs would be sticking up in the air! I wonder if he thought that might happen?

Michaele said...

What - no nap? Who can eat like that without a nap?

Becky and Gary said...

WOW, that was a huge fish. Hooray for him, and you got a super good series!
Have a wonderful week-end.
B.

LauraX said...

love his feathery beard!!!

wayside wanderer said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. What a beautiful creature. Now...swallowing a catfish whole is kinda icky with all those whiskers and stuff. I can't think about it for too long or I won't be able to eat breakfast. =) I wish you many more wonderful up-close sightings of fabulous creatures.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It bothers my stomach thinking of an entire large fish inside of his. Wonder how long he can go now before he'll be hungry again.

bon bon said...

in that second image, it appears the fish is still in his throat! yikes! it's no wonder he needed some water. maybe you should've offered him a beer! ;o)

Dar said...

Still envious of your fortune to be able to get even one shot of Mr. Heron, let alone days of him and swallowing that catfish? WOW. love the thickness of his neck on the second shot. Wow again.
BlessYourHeart

Farm Girl said...

I love the really long feathers on his neck. I like how they blow in the breeze.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the GB Heron. it is amazing to see what these birds can swallow.

Rae said...

It was a great series. Good enough for a nature magazine. I enjoyed all of them.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I really enjoyed following the journey with you...facinating!

Sandra said...

i am suprised he could fly at all after that big fish. his colors on his face and head are beautiful.

don said...

What a fine series of this beautiful bird. His lifestyle is very interesting. I was amazed at how he had to manage is large dinner! Fine series.

Ms. ~K said...

I keep thinking of the commercial:
"Tums, tums, tums, tums!"
I've enjoyed these great shots!

Trisha said...

Well he's full now!! :)

Tracy said...

Oh Tex, what magnificent photos!!! I love the blue streak on his head that matches his eyes...just gorgeous girl! Congrats on the photos! and for your patience!

Sarah Knight said...

Fabulous shots!

Inger-M said...

It's a gorgeous bird, and I can't believe he swallowed that fish whole! No wonder he had to wait a while before being able to take off! I love the whole series!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, I had never before noticed that Great Blue Herons have an apron or bib or long feathers on their chest. Beautiful pictures! Have a great Saturday! I have enjoyed seeing this series on the Heron.

Nordis said...

Fantastic great shots. Have a nice weekend. Nordis

Hilda R.B said...

Wow, you got it! Wonderful photos!!!! Well done. Thanks for so nice comment on my blogg!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

AMAZING and beautiful pictures!!! One flew over our house this morning and I thought of you--I really love seeing them, I just seeing them is such a treat!!

I hope you are having a good day!

Robin said...

Theresa, "I can't believe it ate the whole thing!"

Naturedigital said...

Amazing captures of the beautiful bird.
Thank you for sharing with us.
Costas

Flora said...

Great Photos! Love the bird! Now what I want to see is a Catfish? I never realized that there was such a fish before this last trip to the USA?!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Oh Yuck! A Catfish Burp!!! LOL

Fun and interesting series T. Good job!

Rose said...

I wonder how long the catfish wiggled after he swallowed it??? oooooo! and just think of their whiskers!

This has been a fun series of photos...I enjoyed all of them.

Deb said...

I can't believe I ate the whole thing....wow I bet he had a hard time flying after that big catfish....great story...great photos...

Comment1 said...

Wow! Incredibly regal neck feathers, that looks wonderful!

Clint said...

Now, that's what I call a fish dinner! But it looked to me like the fish was big enough to swallow the bird. Wonder if he took a Prilosec afterward?

Debbie said...

amazing captures, really beautiful. is it hard to get these pictures?? is he friendly??

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Amazing! I'm still worried about those fins! This was a great catch on camera!!

lisaschaos said...

The gulping sure looks painful doesn't it! Fun series!

Judy said...

I'm trying to catch up on my blog reading. I love this post, and the second photo is awesome!

Margaret said...

I adore these photos. We have some Blue Herons around here but I haven't noticed the blue colors. Maybe I am too far away. I will have to get out my zoom and study them more closely... His flowing feathers - I don't think ours have that either... I will have to do a photo shoot and check it out.

heyBJK said...

Since Act III was so good, I had to come back and see this one! Wonderful shots, T! Awesome sequence for sure!

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