Great Blue Heron Fishing

Whether I consciously intend to or not, I think I emphasize the beauty of the Great Blue Heron rather than other qualities.

There’s no denying their beauty and their poise, but there is also a deadly side to their nature, which in the Pacific Northwest is most often displayed in their fishing skills.

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It’s a lot easier getting a shot of a Great Blue Heron stalking prey than it is to get a shot of them catching a fish,

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but shots like this make it clear why eagles prefer to steal fish from Great Blue Herons rather than catch their own.

I was really disappointed when I missed the shot of the two herons kick boxing, but this sequence mitigated my frustration

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because it captured some of the same essence of their power.

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They may be intimidated by Bald Eagles, but Great Blue Herons are a ferocious predator in their own right.

What do you think?