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……so, next time you are having a bad day.. think of this poor, innocent goldfish – just happily swimming around in the pond on a lovely autumn day … but.. no match for the speedy precision of the dreaded heron bill after being stalked with unmatched patience and shrewdness. After spearing ‘Poor Goldfish’, the heron then flipped him in the air to ensure he went head-first down his throat. I had my long lens with me; however, moved in close just to focus on the heron’s face when all this transpired right in front of me.

Unlike most other waders, the Great Blue Heron does not enjoy eating live fish. Consequently, if the first thrust of this spear-like bill doesn’t kill the poor fish, the Great Blue will play with it until it does die or will find something sharp (a log or a rock) upon which to spear it. .. and then will ensure it is swallowed head first…. Ugh.

- AND THE PHOTO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION…? ….yup… sadly, that lump in the heron’s throat? That’s our friend Poor Goldfish…sooo, next time you’re having a bad day…. consider Poor Goldfish.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

    Oh, this is a great catch (on your part as well as the heron’s)! Well timed indeed!

  • Thank you, Celeste.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, amazing shots Kat!!!!! What great observations you mad!

  • Thank you, Joanne….!

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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansalmost 3 years ago

    What a flipping shot Kat….awesome…brilliant…oops…I mean….poor thing…lol

  • Thanks, Lyn….!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Lynn Starner
    Lynn Starneralmost 3 years ago

    Amazing capture! Poor goldfish …

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 3 years ago

    Your reflexes must be very quick! I’m usually still trying to get the lens cap off when this sort of shot happens!!

  • That’s just too funny…usually that’s me too.. or else I have the wrong lens with me… Thanks for the comment and the laugh…!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • enchantedImages
    enchantedImagesalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Kat but yes, poor goldfish. :- (
    C’est la vie, eh?
    ~ Bobbi

  • I guess so.. thanks, Bobbi!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 3 years ago

    Amen for the poor goldfish! Well captured.


  • Hey Deb, thanks…sad though……hope your week is going well!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • KBritt
    KBrittalmost 3 years ago

    Great image – wonderful timing – and perfect title, because that’s all I keep saying as I look at it!! ~Nice work, Kat! ~kim

  • Wow, what a great comment you have left me.. thank you so much…

    – KatMagic Photography

  • polly470
    polly470almost 3 years ago

    WHOA!! Poor, poor goldfish!!! Kat..this is so special…what a BRILLIANT capture…can’t beleive this one…it’s just phenomenal!

  • Thanks, Polly… appreciate it!

    – KatMagic Photography

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