Happy Bird…Not So Happy Fish

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.

39 thoughts on “Happy Bird…Not So Happy Fish

  1. 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.

  2. 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. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
      And yes, sometimes our poor little finny friends in the sea must be sacrificed for the sake of a photo.
      Sad but true. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 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.

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