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”
Incredible image.. fantastic eye contact between the two and all sharp. Wow!
Thank you, Sammy, for the nice comment! So glad you like it!
Great shot Dennis, but I have to say that I feel sorry for the frog, poor thing.
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.