Great Blue Heron Gulps Down A Large Fish

My trip out west was great but it’s nice to be back home and to take a trip to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma after being away for over a month. As soon as I arrived at the refuge, I spot this Great Blue Heron catching fish. I was able to finally get enough light to start photographing just as it caught this large fish. It didn’t gulp it down as fast as it normally does because it was so large.

I was going to spend some time photographing this Great Blue Heron but a man arrived and ruined that for me. I usually don’t do a lot of complaining when people ruin a photo opportunity for me but this guy was bad.

It is very obvious that I am photographing this area because you can’t miss my large camera and lens. The man comes over next to me and throws a net toward the Heron scaring it away. I started to say something but I doubt it would have done any good. Just because I have a camera instead of fishing equipment should I not get the same respect? I wonder how he would have felt if he was fishing and I threw rocks into the water scaring the fish.

Sorry for complaining but I just needed to vent. Life is good!

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  1. Maria Rosa May 15, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    So amazing that they can actually devour those HUGE fish. Nice photo capture .

  2. Liz May 15, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Love that first photo – what a great capture!

  3. Gladys May 15, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Love the lighting. Almost looks like the heron is in a spotlight.

  4. Barbara May 15, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Can’t believe someone would be that ignorant as to throw a net at the heron or near it – obviously he was more interested in netting a fish than in being either neighbourly or thinking about the bird getting a meal…
    Your photos on the other hand Steve, are simply beautiful.

  5. cindy May 15, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    “Hell is other people” Satre.. The lighting *is* beautiful!

  6. Scott (@NESASK) May 15, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Terrific sequence, Steve. That fish should keep the heron happy for a while.

    I’ve had the same experience (coincidentally while photographing a heron fishing in early morning as well), having someone walk right between me up to the bird till it flew…. sigh.

  7. Marvin Smith May 15, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Great shots, Steve.

    Some people just never think about others regardless of the situation.

  8. Judi King May 17, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    The lighting & color in the 1st photo is absolutely beautiful. So sorry you had to be interrupted by an idiot!

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