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Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #1 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


It took quite a while, but Mr. Heron eventually got it down.
Followed by a big belch and a standing nap.



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May 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Awesome catch for both of you Charlie!......


May 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Wow !! Now that is a big fish . Great shot Charlie !

Birdie



May 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Must have looked funny watching him try and get that down.

Good catch.



May 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #5 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Thanks Jim, Birdie and Pen.
Yes, the heron had to try many things before it got this whopper to slide down.
Look carefully, and you can see that both the upper and lower parts of the beak ran through the fish and out the other side. Without opposable thumbs, that was the first big task (after spearing the fish in the first place).
Charlie



May 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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p.1 #6 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Cripes, don't they have feeling in their throats? That must have hurt. Nice capture Charlie.


May 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #7 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


This shot is nothing to carp about Charlie ~ Ron


May 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM
 

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p.1 #8 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


thats a big meal Charlie


May 25, 2012 at 08:54 AM
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p.1 #9 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Great shot. Now he or she needs to go on a diet.
Harsha



May 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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p.1 #10 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Excellent shot Charlie !!!

Per



May 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM
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p.1 #11 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Very cool images, Charlie.
And he was standing in the perfect spot to allow you capturing very nice compositions.
Chris




May 25, 2012 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #12 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Amazing they can get that down.
Nice shot.
Mark



May 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #13 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Thanks gentlemen (and Ron ).
Like all animals that swallow prey whole, the heron had to align the fish properly. In this case, head first, to get it down without tearing apart the bird's throat. Even then, it must have been a little painful because of the stretching and those semi-rigid, pointy fins.
Honestly, the fish was so big that I couldn't even imagine it fitting into the heron's stomach.
I was in Everglades NP and was walking to the end of a boardwalk and saw this scene across some water. Pure luck on the timing of my arrival and the location of the bird.
Charlie



May 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
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p.1 #14 · Florida- GBH. Now what?


Nice job Charlie.

Rob



May 27, 2012 at 02:07 AM





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