Great Blue Heron Unique Fishing Method

I photographed this Great Blue Heron using a different method of fishing. It would stand on the platform and look for fish. When it saw one, it would jump off the platform, head first, and catch the fish. Sometimes the Great Blue Heron would miss, but most of the time it was successful.

Great Blue Heron Diving
Great Blue Heron Diving Into Water Head First

The Great Blue Heron is a majestic bird known for its unique fishing method. It is a common sight along the banks of rivers, lakes, and marshes, where it can be observed using its long legs to wade through the water in search of its next meal. But what sets the Great Blue Heron apart from other birds is its remarkable ability to jump off a platform in pursuit of its prey.

This fishing method is not only impressive to watch, but it is also highly effective. The Great Blue Heron is able to use its keen eyesight to spot fish swimming below the surface of the water. Once it has located its target, it will jump off the platform with incredible precision, diving into the water and snagging the fish with its sharp beak. This method allows the bird to capture its prey with minimal effort, and it is an incredible example of the adaptability and intelligence of this species.

It’s always a thrill to witness the hunting tactics of different animals in their natural habitats. The Great Blue Heron’s fishing technique is truly one of a kind and it’s amazing to see this bird in action. Every jump and dive is a testament to its grace and skill, making it a fascinating subject to photograph. Whether you’re a bird-watcher or just someone who appreciates nature’s beauty, the Great Blue Heron is definitely a species worth admiring. So next time you’re near a river, lake or marsh, take a moment to stop and watch this incredible bird in action – you won’t be disappointed.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Charleston Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 10, 2023 (8:34 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • ISO:5000 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

Here are another photo of this same Great Blue Heron: Flying Great Blue Heron With Shad