Young Blue Heron to catch a small Spike

Heron catches a Pike


PREDATOR vs PREDATOR
Last sunday I went out to do some birdwatching and perhaps have the opportunity to shoot a nice picture. A lot of people were out also to enjoy the nice weather, so it was busy. Almost at the end of my walk, I saw a young Blue Heron standing near the waterline, completely focused on something in the water. All do people were passing by on foot or bicycle, the Heron didn’t move at all. I slowly lowered myself and switched on my D800 with the 300mm lens ready for action.  The distance between the Heron and myself was about 4 meters. Suddenly a big splash and I saw the head of the Heron got underwater and up again. This all in the blink of a second. I quickly released the shutter and took 6 shoots before the prey was eaten. At that time I had no idea what the catch was. 

Well, looking back on my camera screen, I could see it was a small pike. A predator eaten by a predator.

Young Blue Heron to catch a small Spike

Young Blue Heron to catch a small pike

It is amazing to see that a Heron can so quickly catch a fish, turn it around head first and then swallows it. Knowing that a pike has sharp teeth.

Young Blue Heron to catch a small Spike

 

Young Blue Heron to catch a small Spike

Young Blue Heron to catch a small pike

So my birdwatch walk turned out fine with a set of nice wildlife images.

The images were taken with my D800 and the Nikon 300mm AFS-ED f/4.0. The RAW files were processed with Lightroom 5 and slightly cropped.

Thanks for reading.

Best regards,
Richard