Great Blue Heron Bass Fishing

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I was sure the Great Blue Heron was around but couldn’t find it. I wandered around it’s usual haunts in the shallows but it just wasn’t there. Lots of other people were around fishing but not the Heron. I scanned the shore of the delta island and finally spotted it motionless, staring into the water below some bushes.

 

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I watched and waited for maybe 5 minute before the Heron struck. It happened so suddenly I missed capturing it with the camera. It had the fish in it’s beak and immediately stepped back away from the waters edge.

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The Bass was not going quietly and continued to struggle. I wasn’t sure what the Heron was going to do.

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When the fish did go down it was like watching a cartoon on tv. The fish could be seen going down it’s throat.

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Then the Heron just sat there quietly no doubt with the bass twitching and struggling in it’s stomach!

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  1. Kyle
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    Amazing capture! I wouldn’t think that heron could win the struggle and eat such a huge fish! So does the poor bass get swallowed down desperately wriggling about all the way? I wonder, does it stand any slim chance of escaping the hungry birds stomach if eaten in that condition as well?!

    • George McQuade
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      A friend and I were discussing this last evening. She was telling me of watching a heron consume a gopher!
      I can only imagine what it must feel like with fish and animals wiggling around in the stomach before they succumb to suffocation.

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