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A Great Blue Heron Goes Fishing (3/9)

By Gregg Thompson


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Photographer Gregg Thompson captured a quick succession of images of a Great Blue Heron striking - and then swallowing - an unlucky fish. Herons have modified vertebrae, which allow them to hold their necks in an "S" shape and recoil quickly to capture fast-moving prey. Besides fish, a Great Blue Heron's diet may include small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds.

See the other images in this sequence, from strike to "GULP!":    

1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9

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