I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.
Last week I was watching this great egret fish in the salt marsh. It seemed quite pleased to have plucked out a fish for dinner. The fish, on the other hand, did not look happy at all.
Schöner Vogel, armer Fisch
Ich habe manchmal das Gefühl, für die Fische schlecht. Er ist ein hübscher Vogel. Vielen Dank Tilda!
Eh no, il pesce direi che non era molto contento
No il pesce non era felice. Sono contento che ti è piaciuto la foto!
Fabulous capture Phil.
Thanks much I appreciate that!
That Fish does have a sad look! Great capture!
He does look sad and understandably I guess. Thanks Molly!!
I suspect much depends on which end of the food chain you’re on.
Well that’s for sure! So it goes in nature.
Thanks for looking Gunta!
Mr Egret certainly has a triumphant glint in his beady eye, whilst that poor little fishy is squeaking, “help, somebody, help!!”
You summed it up exactly Slyvia! I suppose I could have jumped in and attempted to intervene on the fish’s behalf, but that could just get me a sharp beak point in my face. That’s not good for anybody.
Nature must be allowed to take its course. I’m so glad I’m not a little fishy.
These poor fish, it seems the reason for their entire existance is to be somebody’s meal.
Humm…now I’m hungry.
Your photos bring back memories of our years living in Key Largo. We do have great egrets and herons in New England and they stop by our pond but they are looking for frogs.
Yeah they love frogs. Around here they will grab the lizards too. Yummy!
Thanks for stopping by Karen I appreciate your visit and comments.
So just so we’re clear. You’re perfectly willing to exploit the life and death situation of the fish for your amazing photo, but you wouldn’t life a finger to intervene, in case it gets pecked???
I’m mostly worried about getting pecked in the *eye* by an unhappy egret after I took away it’s fish.
They tend to go for the eyes when agravated.
And yes, sometimes our poor little finny friends in the sea must be sacrificed for the sake of a photo.
Sad but true.
Good to know about that eye thing. I guess they play for keeps.
Great shot, Phil!
Thanks a bunch Jane!
i thought they speared the fish but it looks like they clamp em
Their fishing technique normally is to grab or clamp down on a fish. That way they can more quickly and easily get a fish properly positioned head down for easy swallowing. They will occasionally spear a fish but not by chioice, it’s more because that’s just how it happened. If they do happen to spear a fish accidently now they have the problem of getting that speared fish off their bill.
If you wish to see a bird that uses the spear fishing technique exclusively, check out my gallery of Anhinga Photos at the top of my blog. Very interesting water bird.
cool the first photo is a speared fish on its bill
Thank goodness we’re higher up on the food chain!
You got that right Bella!
Your photos really are stunning, Phil. Bless you for sharing them. Quite amazing!!
Well I truly appreciate you looking and also your very kind comments!
Thanks, glad you liked this photo.
I would imagaine that fish isn’t too happy at the moment.
No I expect that fish is having a very bad day.
I wouldn’t be happy either if I was about to be eaten!
Thanks and I don’t think any of us would be at all happy to be in Mr. Fish’s situation.
a stonker – would love a session with these guys – so white and pure
They are about the whitest thing I have ever seen. They can be a bit challenging to photograph too. I have to shoot in full Manual mode and expose to hopefully hold detail in the white feathers and if the background goes dark well so be it.
now that is real genuine feedback Phil appreciated
Glad I could be of some help Scott and thanks as always for your interest and comments.
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