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Cool lunch shot Matt!

Last year at the golf course where my husband works, a heron got a bit too greedy trying to swallow a big fish out of the pond....it got stuck in the bird's mouth/throat and unfortunately, he didn't make it... Sad

 

OK, here's one....

"Who ATE my lunch?!"

 

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Here is my first attempt at putting a photo here. It was taken several years ago along the SanAntonio River Walk. My question is did he kill it or steal it. Lucky Heron in any case.  

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FEED ME!! FEED ME!! FEED ME!!

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FEED ME!! FEED ME!! Ffmmph... mmmph....

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*Gulp*  Ahh, much better!

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Loxahatchee NWR in Boynton Beach, FL.  See my "Fledgling Fest!" thread for a bit more story.

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Terrible pic, but I had to post it.  What do you do when your lunch fights back? Surprise

 

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Here is a Yellow Crowned Night Heron watching something very intently. He would move around a tad keeping his eye on something. I could not see anything while taking the picture but the image, not so clearly, shows a large snake or perhape a frog. I don't see mahny snakes here but frogs are common. I moved a bit closer but the heron moved away as expected. Your Great Blue with the snake is a great behavior shot. I love it. Tuggy

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this guy grabs something under water, then turns his head sideways, and looks at it's reflection in the water..if it were weeds, he tossed it.. if a fish, he ate it...anyone  else observe this type of behavior?

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I love your new avatar, luv2bird!  Was that gull arrested for shoplifting!?? ;))

It seems like there was someone asking about how to use animated avatars not too long ago but I don't recall who it was.  Hopefully they've seen yours and asked you about it.

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this guy grabs something under water, then turns his head sideways, and looks at it's reflection in the water..if it were weeds, he tossed it.. if a fish, he ate it...anyone  else observe this type of behavior?

I don't think I have (I might have seen it and not noticed).  I'll have to watch for it now.  That would be funny to see.

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I have seen the "grab a fish out of the water quicker than you can press the shutter release" behavior, though  Smile

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"I told you, I can't get you another burger until the humans come back!"

"But... but... but... waaaaaaaaaaahh!"

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birdseye...this guy grabs something under water, then turns his head sideways, andlooks at it's reflection in the water..if it were weeds, he tossed it..if a fish, he ate it...anyone  else observe this type of behavior?

I must be part bird, I always look at my food before I swallow it.

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This thread has been one of my favorites since I have been visiting this site. I love observing behavior and this has been nothing but fun.

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This red-winged mom did not like the fact that I stumbled upon her nest site (didn't get closer than 10').  She landed about 6' from me.  To go from nothing but blurry pictures to this was exciting for me.  Getting a crisp picture of a bird already on my life list is as good as getting a new species.  In order of excitement... new life bird, new yard bird, crisp picture, painting the house.

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This is a female yellow-headed blackbird.  When I look at the stuff they eat, yuk.  And they have taste buds! 

Nice shot. That's one I've not seen in the flesh...or the feathers.

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