Earlier this week, our resident Great Blue Heron seemed be suffering from a case of “Your eyes are bigger than your belly;” a favourite saying of my gran’s. I spotted him on the other side of the lake, as he pondered what to do with his prize. “Now how in the name of all that’s fishy, am I going to get this monster down my gullet?”
I zoomed in to see exactly what his problem was, as he suddenly flew down to the water’s edge.
He’d decided that maybe if he gave it a quick wash, it might shrink a little.
But alas, the water just seemed to make the fish swell up even more.
This time he’d certainly bitten off more than he could chew.
His catch was turning out to be a whale of a problem.
In the end he carried it across to my side of the pond, and hidden by the bank, I couldn’t see what he did with his catch of the day. A bit later, I spotted him again, and I’m sure he was thinking “Ah well, you win some, you lose some.”
The last time I saw him with a really big fish, an eagle swooped down and cheekily snaffled it, whilst he was debating with himself how to deal with his big dinner. 🙂
This is so funny. I don’t usually like stories and pictures of animals eating animals, but I guess I don’t mind if it’s a fish. hehehe This was so funny. I guess we will never know how or if he ate his dinner! You did a masterful job of describing it. 🙂
Thanks so much, Marsha. Glad you enjoyed my fishy tale. 🙂
😀Merry Christmas, Sylvia! 😀
Such a great series! You wouldn’t think he could even pick up such a whopper! I was just wondering as the song goes through my mind…Did you name your blog after the Phil Collins song? Loved that song!
Thanks so much. I actually didn’t name the post after the song, but thanks for reminding of it. Yea it is a great song. 🙂
I kept singing it all night : )
Ha ha, Brilliant post again Sylvia! Your heron need to enroll in some finishing course 😀
Thanks, Madhu. 🙂
Brilliant catch AD 😉 you did better than the poor Heron!
Thanks, optie. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Haha, fab captures! 🙂
Thanks, Inga. 🙂
Oh my …. great catch by the bird and you!
Thanks so much, Frank. Not too shabby. 😀
Maybe he has a special someone to share it with 😉
I haven’t seen another GBH around here. He seems to be a bit of a loner. 😦
There you have it. Pigs fly!
Apparently so. 😀
What a great story this series of photos tells 🙂
Thanks so much. Glad you think so. 🙂
Well captured Sylvia. That really was some catch! 🙂
Thanks, Adrian. Yes it was rather a mouthful. 🙂
boy, talk about being in the right spot at the right time! you captured a rare moment i think – how it caught such a big fish in the first place is the other mystery. as your other readers commented – your story lines, delightful! thanks for sharing. ♥
Thanks so much, Sunshine. Glad you enjoyed the fun too. 🙂
Wow, AD, what a wonderful post. Talk about being in the right place… Great one!
Thanks, adee. I see this GBH every day from my verandah, but haven’t ever seen him with such a big catch.
Wonderful series of action shots! SD
Thanks so much, Sandra. 🙂
I see Phil has been inspiring you, Sylvia :). Honey, I don’t know what happened to my “blogs I follow” list, but you have dropped from it without my knowing. I wonder how this could have happened, and there I go wondering where the notifications of your posts are :(. I had to click follow again – I hope it stays this time. As for this post.. the pictures are so good, and your humour has made my morning. Be well. Hugs, P.
I have a long way to go, before Phil has to worry about the competition. 😀 I also find strange things happening on WP, and find blogs in my follow list that I’m almost sure I didn’t follow, and am also missing ones that I did. All very irritating, but what can we do? 😕 Glad you enjoyed my post, Paula. Have a wonderful weekend.
Something fishy IS going on, no doubt about that :D. I promise not to lose the sight of you, dear Sylvia. My best, P.
Hugs, dear Paula. 🙂
questa gustosa ( non per l’airone, ovvio) storiella fotografica ha una sua massima : mai pretendere un boccone più grosso di quanto si può mangiare…si rischia di restare a digiuno….( chi troppo vuole, nulla stringe-proverbio toscano) grande sequenza di scatti
happy day, cara
This tasty (not for Heron, obvious) photo story has its maxim: never expect a bigger bite than you can eat … you are likely to remain on an empty stomach.(who too want nothing squeezes-Tuscan proverb) big burst
A very wise maxim indeed, Ventis. I try to abide by it. Happy day to you too. 😀
Great herons alive!! Whale of a fish tail!! 😉
Hehehe Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
I love a good “fish story.” 🙂
That’s good, Rebecca. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Great shots… 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
It must be fun to have such personable wildlife. I look forward to reading more!
Thanks so much, Andrea. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
He is lucky the alligator no longer resides in the lake!
Yes he is. Mr Smiley was most probably snaffling all the big fish. 🙂
Fabulous, and I love your running commentary! It must have been amazing to see that eagle poach the other bird’a fish.
Also, btw, your last comment to me on my blog had a smiley face, and I realized belatedly that my blog strips smileys out of comments if I handle them on mobile. Not sure what’s up with that, but inserting a smiley here to see if it works here. 🙂
Thanks, Babsje. Your smiley came through perfectly. I love them. 🙂
You’re welcome, your smilies come through fine, too. I think there’s a dashboard setting I need to tweak in my own blog.
wow!! great shot!!!
Thanks so much, Cindy. 🙂
Wonderful captures. I just love watching moments like this. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Ingrid. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
That is a fascinating event to watch. The heron is not small one. I would expect him to learn this lesson already but who knows.
Hehehe. Some of us don’t learn life’s lessons, even when we’re fully grown. 🙂
terrific series AD, I wonder what did happen??? We had a large black snake trapped in the vegetable garden for a while this week … it had caught a big lizard and could not slip back through the gate while carrying the lizard … so it had to settle down and swallow it, then it escaped!
Thanks so much, Christine.
HA! This is a great shot. I love the first one and I think your headline is good. Made me laugh 🙂
Thanks, TG. I’m glad you smiled. 🙂
that is too funny…we used to say the “eyes are bigger than our belly” as well…wonder how he managed to catch the larger fish in the first place? great photos…
Thanks so much, Heather. I think some sayings are universal. 🙂
Hey! you’re providing some competition for Phil here! Great catch – yours, not the GBH’s!
Thanks, Gunta. Well one has to keep Phil on his toes. Don’t want him to become too complacent, do we? 😀
I hope he ended up catching something more his size to eat! Great photos!
I hope so too, after all that effort. 🙂
Well captured! Pity you didn’t get one of the previous ‘one that flew away’!
His fisherbird’s story: ‘I tell you, son, it was as long as THIS, but then this eagle came and took it away!’
Thanks, Col. Hahaha Love the tall story. 🙂
Great story and beautiful captures!With love maxima
Thanks so much, Stefan. 🙂
The right spot at the right time!!!!! Lovely.
Thanks so much, newsy. That’s what it’s all about. 🙂
Hahaha crazy bird !
Very optomistic, bird. 🙂
What a beautiful creature!
Isn’t he just? 🙂
beautiful captures and great story! i wonder what’s next with him 🙂
Thanks, Lola. We’ll have to wait and see. 🙂
Great captures! How fun to watch the actions 🙂
Thanks, Amy. yes, I love keeping an eye on him. 🙂
Terrific shots of my favorite bird in action Sylvia! These big guys do not know the meaning of the phrase…biting off more then I can chew (or swallow) 😀
Hehehe Thanks, Phil. He’s the King of the pond, for sure. 🙂
I bet the fish thought his luck was in when he was taken back to the river: “Whew, he’s gonna put me back! I knew today was going to be a good day!” But…no.
Oh, now you’ve brought tears to my eyes, Lance. 😦
Boo hoo……..sniff sniff. 🙂
Maybe he found another Heron to share it with? 🙂 Great story!
Who knows? Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Love the sequence
Thanks so much. 🙂
Wow, nice job of capturing the greedy Heron .
Thanks so much, Mona. 🙂
Cool! What a delightful post…lovely photos!
Thanks so much, Bastet. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Amazing to catch him with his catch of the day 🙂
Yes, I thought so too. Not much escapes my notice. 🙂
I love your narrations!! 😆 Wonderful way to start out my morning.
Thank you. You’ve made my day brighter too. 🙂
Perfect timing and nice captures. 🙂 I will show these pictures to my children to show them why the pond is the perfect habitat for a heron. 🙂
Thanks, Imelda. I hope your children enjoy the pics. This pond seems to be very full of fish. 🙂
My goodness, that is a big fish – I wonder too what the heron did with it in the end. Lovely photographs – envy you. 🙂 🙂
Thanks so much, Carina. 🙂
Ha ha, great sense of humor and you know how to put it to paper. Love the photos! Heila
Thanks, Heila. I’m so glad you enjoyed my fishy tale and pics. 🙂