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Saturday, 19 May 2012

A little fighter---Fish vs Grey heron


Herons, especially the Grey heron, are famous for their fishing skills, but not if they meet their match.

I saw this Grey heron fishing in a shallow river. 




After a while, it caught a small fish. 



As the heron was about to swallow it, suddenly, the fish struggled and slipped into the water. 




The heron picked it up immediately. To its surprise, the little fish was not prepared to give up without a fight, and managed to flee again. 



I guess the heron was too hungry to let the small fish go. It captured the fish from the water again for the third time! 




I thought this must be the end of the fish’s life. To my amazement, this time the tiny fish fought even harder. 




Then suddenly the fish stopped moving. 




The heron (and I)  thought that it had finally got its meal. Unexpectedly, to my astonishment the little creature started moving again and slipped through the heron’s mouth, 




and escaped into the water! The heron seemed too shocked to respond. 



It finally gave up fishing altogether and left. The whole event lasted just over a minute.


It reminded me of the saying “where there’s a will, there's a way”.  I wish the clever little fish all the best after winning the war against the giant predator.


11 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant photos, and what a clever fish.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful photo's from the Heron with fich.
Greets Irma
http://www.digi-irma.nl

eileeninmd said...

Great series on the heron fishing.

Breathtaking said...

The fish deserved to get away,and
provided you with some great shots
of the herons struggle,and good
entertainment for us.

Isidro Ortiz said...

Bonita serie de esta Garza pescando.Saludos

Dorothy said...

You were so lucky to get this series of great shots!!! I photographed a Heron recently (and posted on my blog) but nothing as good as this!
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment!

Babzy said...

Very good story ! Long life to the little fish :)

Cindy said...

Wonderful as usual..your patience & photgraphic skill are inspirational..

Tammy said...

What a great series. Must have been fun to watch :)

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Great series!
Very interesting captures!
Many greetings
Yvonne & Raphael

Giga said...

Świetne zdjęcia i brawo dla sprytnej rybki.Czapla musi połów zaczynać od nowa. Pozdrawiam.
Great pictures and applauding the clever fish. Heron fishing must start over. Yours.