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Great Blue Heron - 17

Great Blue Heron - 17
Copyright ©2007, Leon Plympton
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Once the GBH visually locked onto its prey it moved ever so slowly, easing itself towards the water's edge, then: SPLASH!!! It was over before my eye-hand communication could accomplish anything - like take a photograph.

The best I could do was this shot as the GBH was almost in its upright position again, its wings not yet resting by its side, and only a small ring of disturbed water remaining in the duck weed.

It's a catfish - good eating, even by human standards. Note that the GBH's beak did not grab the catfish - a la chop sticks; both the upper and lower beak pierced the tough skin of the catfish (Note to self: I'm impressed!).

Photographer: Leon Plympton
Folder: Common area
Uploaded: 19-Aug-2007 21:46 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/640
Aperture: f-4.5
Focal length: 150 (300) mm
Lens: ZD 40-150mm
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 200
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Same as Great Blue Heron - 16.
Image resized to: 578x960

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Great shot , right place right time...Well done...;-))

Fonzy - at 11:48 CEST on 20-Aug-2007 [Reply]

Great Blue Heron - 17 - re-visited:

Fons -

Thanks again. There's a lot to be said about being in the right place at the right time.

I was really amazed at the speed of the strike. I've seen it before and even caught some photos of the action, but this time the strike seemed to be over as soon as it began.


Leon Plympton at 13:57 CEST on 20-Aug-2007 [Reply]