“Ugh!” says the frog

May 14, 2015, found me at the Ridgefield NWR watching this Great Blue Heron hunting in about 6 inches of water.  He was actually standing erect and not in typical hunting position when he suddenly half-jumped and half-flew about 5 feet to my right, plunging his powerful bill into the water.  He quickly came up with a nice sized frog for lunch.  While viewing him through the viewfinder prior to the strike, I had initially thought I had flushed him.  But he knew exactly what he was doing and he did it at lightning speed – from 5 feet away.  The frog didn’t know what hit him.

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 400, 500mm, 12:23 p.m.

May 14, 2015, found me at the Ridgefield NWR watching this Great Blue Heron hunting in about 6 inches of water.  He was actually standing erect and not in typical hunting position when he suddenly half-jumped and half-flew about 5 feet to my right, plunging his powerful bill into the water.  He quickly came up with a nice sized frog for lunch.  While viewing him through the viewfinder prior to the strike, I had initially thought I had flushed him.  But he knew exactly what he was doing and he did it at lightning speed – from 5 feet away.  The frog didn’t know what hit him.

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 400, 500mm, 12:23 p.m.

4 thoughts on ““Ugh!” says the frog”

    1. Thanks, Tony! I, too, feel sorry for the frog. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a heron jump so far to capture prey. Amazing eye sight and speed.

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