Saturday, 13 January 2018

Victor with the Spoils.

Taking a walk along the shore, I saw a squabble taking place between a gull and a Heron but wasn't quite quick enough to get the action shot of the Heron stealing a fish from the gull, but did manage to photograph the victor with the spoils.


On the bottom right hand corner, you can see the Gull's shadow as he flies away
 

Head first, as always!
 

The Heron will swallow the fish whole....
 

tilting his head, to do so.
 

There it goes!!
 

You can actually see the fish going down.
 

It was an easy steal for the Heron.
 

He just stood there for a while, digesting his meal I guess, and ...
 

looking out to sea...
 

Satisfied with his cheeky snatch.
 
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS
I'D-RATHER-B-BIRDIN

32 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

Wonderful sequence! Often the gulls are the pirates in these cases of kleptoparasitism so I guess this one got his comeuppance! That fish would have done for a family of four of us!

Phil Slade said...

Wow! Nice pictures and a good shutter speed. I am a little surpised that the egret won a contest with a gull especially if it was one of your Yellow-legged Gulls. I guess it wouldn't argue with that dagger-like bill.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what an awesome sequence of photos. Watching the egret swallow that big fish is amazing. Great photos and post. Thank you so much for linking up your post. I appreciate your visit and comment too. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

italiafinlandia said...

Beautifully captured!...

NatureFootstep said...

that is more then a mouthful. Hard to understand how it works but interesting to see the shots :)

Sandra said...

Cheeky snatch has me rolling on the floor with laughter.. I love these shots. the ones with the fish long ways in the mouth beak are AMAZING!!!!

Bob Bushell said...

Well done, you have caught a Little Egret, feeding itself. Hard to believe that she/he swollen the large fish.

Debbie said...

WHAT AN AWESOME SERIES!!!! your images are nothing short of amazing!! big fish for this guy, but then again, he does not seemed challenged by it!! down the hatch and back to wading!! i love the little wisp on the back of it's head!!

i so enjoyed this as i am sure you did as well!! so good to be visiting you again, have a wonderful weekend!!!

Tom said...

...what a fabulous series of shots, I've never seen a white heron before. Thanks!

Sami Niilola said...

Hi. Really big fish. At one time, the stomach is full.

matti juhani niilola said...

Huge fish for bird. Superb photos. Happy weekend.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Hi. Visiting from Lavender Dreams.

Enjoyed your shots. I'll be back :)

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What a 'fisherman or woman' ~ great sequence of shots!

Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Mike Attwood said...

Hi Sonjia,
Nice to see you busy again and with such a good set of shots. Take care Mike.

The Furry Gnome said...

Amazing fish that heron ate! Amazing images too!

Rose said...

It is amazing what they can swallow...if you look around on youtube, you won't believe your eyes. Wonderful to see this series...maybe he was too full/heavy to fly away.

Trollstubben foto said...

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♥ Anni ♥ said...

What a great series of dining at the egret's favorite eatery! Stunning action photography.

I want to thank you for showing us at I'd Rather B Birdin' your weekend photos!! Your paticipation is always greatly appreciated.

Len said...

I am a little confused. Was it an Egret or a Heron? It looks like an Egret to me. Either way an absolutely stunning series of shots.

Breathtaking said...

Len

The Little Egret is a pure white Heron.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wow!!!.. amazing sequence you have captured.. Congrats..

Teresa said...

Muy bonitas fotografías. Un beso.

A Colorful World said...

Fabulous shots!

hmuxo said...

You are an amazing photographer Sonjia!!!! SO clear and "Breathtaking"!!!! It's so hard to believe how they swallow the fish....and you were able to get the shot!!!

Angie said...

I suppose it is easier to eat such a large fish headfirst than tailfirst .... you wouldn't want it to get stuck, now would you? Thanks for sharing this delightful series of pictures!

Stewart M said...

Not often that gulls lose these kinds of battles! Great set of pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Nancy Chan said...

The Heron is a great fisher! I wonder how long that fish will keep the Heron filled until the next feed.

Mary Cromer said...

WOW what a meal. I had a Brown Pelican that I shared on here last year and the fish it got...never could get it down and passed the entire fish around to it's mates and it was too big for all of them. This is a fun series to see~

Lowcarb team member said...

What a wonderful series of photographs - just fantastic.

All the best Jan

Richard Pegler said...

What a super sequence of the Egret with the fish, Sonjia! I always find it amazing just how large a prey these birds can swallow.

It's great to see you back in 'bloggerland'. With my very best wishes to you for 2018 - - - Richard

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is a wonderful series! What a fun thing to witness ... thank you for sharing! That is a very pretty Egret too!

Shiju Sugunan said...

I remember reading a story about a wicked Heron long time back. Now I've seen it.

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