A Floating Great Blue Heron With Fish

I have been at the Charleston City Lake here in Arkansas for the past couple of weeks. Last Friday I posted a photo I made of a Double-crested Cormorant eating a large fish. A large number of these birds were following a school of shad. When the Double-crested Cormorants moved up to the dam the Great Blue Herons were lined up on the bank waiting. It was funny watching the Herons because the water was deep so they could not wade and catch the shad. The Herons would try to stretch to reach some of the fish. I saw a couple of them fall into the lake. I guess one of the Great Blue Herons said “heck with this” and flew out into the middle of the Double-crested Cormorants and started floating and catching fish. This was my first time seeing this. I wished I had an underwater camera to see how it was swimming with those long legs. (More Photos Of The Swimming Great Blue Heron)

A Floating Great Blue Heron With Fish Photo

A Great Blue Heron With A Fish

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4 Comments

  1. Jim Denham January 6, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Indeed an unusual site! Well seen and caught Steve!

  2. Barbara January 6, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Maybe it was standing on a rock you could not see LOL

  3. Steve Creek January 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    It was swimming around. I will post more photos tomorrow.

  4. Chris January 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    I’ve seen video of Great Blue Herons swimming like ducks before, but have never seen it in person. Great capture, Steve!

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