June 6, 2011

Nothing To Lose Your Head Over

SDP  6-6-11
I encountered this great blue heron fishing near the Siesta Key bridge and I was rather perplexed when it caught this fish sans body. After a few minutes of watching the bird (which seemed equally perplexed and aware that something was missing), I realized some nearby fishermen probably had chopped off the heads of their catch and tossed them in the bay. He seemed to want a whole fish --- and a live one that would put up a bit of a fight --- because over the course of the next 15 minutes, it couldn't decide what to do: eat it...or leave it? Time and time again, it pulled the head out of the water, shook it, and walked around with it, only to drop it back in the water with an air of disappointment. Finally, though, it must have figured the fish head was at least an appetizer and **gulp** down the hatch it went, in one big, disturbing swallow. Wow.

14 comments:

Lyndsey said...

That is so funny...what a great shot though...unbelieveable!!

We are: clamco said...

Funny! The fish looks confused too! lol! The clarity on this photo is super! I can count every feather!

Kate said...

Sure doesn't appeal to me, but your photo is fantastic, especially the eyes...on both of them!

Kathy said...

A real nature photo. This could be in a publication like National Geographic!

Jim Klenke said...

I love this shot, you can see each feather and the water dripping down from the fish head.

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

Great shot - and funny story. :)

Jack said...

Outstanding photo, SRQ. This must have been fun to watch.

Steven said...

Nice! I'm glad that the herons around there are well-fed enough that they can afford to be picky!

kat said...

At least nothing went to waste! Excellent :)

Benjamin Madison said...

Nice catch!

Dina said...

Picky eater. Great catch!

Mike Laplante said...

SRQ

Nice photo there. Your herons look very different from ours up here in British Columbia...

Nativa said...

I am very impressed with this photo!

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Lois said...

That is so funny! Nice shot.