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June 17, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Biting off more than you can chew

Heron and fish

Ever had that feeling that something might be a little more difficult than you first thought?  While I was watching, this heron tried a few times to find a way to get this fish to go down.  I’ve seen them eat some amazing things that make your eyes water but this looked like it was just too much.  I don’t know how it ended because he flew off eventually, (just about carrying the fish),  to find somewhere peaceful to think it over without the nuisance from passing black-back gulls trying to muscle in on a free meal.



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  1. maryoconnor12 / Jun 17 2013 10:37 pm

    that’s definitely an “Oh, good grief!”

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 17 2013 10:43 pm

      It certainly was. I saw the heron catch the fish, which was a pure chance thing and then it didn’t know what to do with it but it was just too good to let go.

  2. kiwiskan / Jun 17 2013 11:34 pm

    Poor guy. I’ve often wondered how they choke those fish down. Having filleted a few I know how sharp the fin bones are…

  3. Gallivanta / Jun 18 2013 3:00 am

    That’s quite a mouthful.

  4. rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 18 2013 3:10 am

    Great shot – it must have all happened so quickly.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 18 2013 8:37 am

      It did. I saw the heron drop on the water after being flushed from where it was resting by something passing nearby. Quite by chance it dropped on to this huge carp and grabbed its chance. As it took off I grabbed some photos and walked round to where it landed, where I found it still trying to work out what to do with it.

  5. colorfulifeblogger / Jun 18 2013 6:20 am

    😀 Excellent caption for the photograph! Will remember this photograph whenever i think of ‘biting more than one can chew! HA! HA! HA! 😀

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