Pied heron

Whilst in the Kimberley I found a group of colourful pied herons catching eel-tailed catfish in a fast flowing stream. I spent hours watching the herons stab the water hoping to catch something. As the catfish have a poisonous barb on one of their fins to the herons had to juggle the fish with their beaks and carefully gulp them down head first so they don’t get stung. This shot is one of hundreds that I captured. I haven’t as yet picked a favorite! Hope you like it!

~ by davidbettini on June 10, 2010.

30 Responses to “Pied heron”

  1. Youdaman of the wildlife stuff mate!

    That big puppa of a lense of yours is doing this Heron some justice for sure!

  2. Then the 300 did a great job!

  3. Mark hit it on the head here, this is awesome, how sharp is it and that bokeh, perfect !
    Cheers Adrian

  4. Ripper shot !!!!

    5 posts for the year so far , almost one a month , your on fire !!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. Beautiful crisp clean image Dave, I feel you have done well capturing the heron’s personality in this one too.

    tone 🙂

  6. Thanks Tone! When you see this pic at full res you also the personality on the poor fishes face as well.

    • Any more storms over your way Tony?

      • It sounds brilliant Dave ! what gear did you shoot this with ?
        Only ‘coldies’ for the next few months over here , short lived, generally fast moving lower topped storms. So even though they more often than not produce small hail, squalls and and a few bangs, but generally not as interesting or photogenicas the warm convective storms to me.

  7. Yea not much action over here either. The SW is having yet another dry start to winter. Had 5mm today and more forecast tomorrow but still way behind.
    Used a 300f4 and 1ds3 for the heron.

  8. Great to here the story behind the picture, I can relate to it a bit . Glad to hear you got the shot you were chasing. Oh Nice photo by the way.

  9. Super shot and detail Dave, just superb.

  10. Thanks very much for that Thomas.

  11. Yep as markie said youda wildlife man

  12. pretty sweet shot Dave!
    had to chuckle at your comment about the fishes personality lol.
    great to see that your patience and perseverance paid off with this one 🙂

    and Merv’s dropping just a few hints isn’t he 😛

  13. Awesome Dave

  14. Beautiful photos Dave, I look forward to being able to create shots like that some time soon! It’s a steep learning curve trying to get from beginner to pro!!!

  15. By the way I’ve added you to my blogroll, i hope you don’t mind!

  16. Hey David, awesome image, well done! How’s things anyway?

  17. Any chance of 1 more image before the year is up. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. Excellent shot Dave!

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