The Fish Was Just Too Big

It’s fascinating how often something interesting happens in nature when you’re on your way to do something else. An outing recently along the Scioto below Griggs Dam was intended to be a test session after we changed some settings on my wife’s Panasonic FZ150 and Olympus E620 to improve performance in the branch infested, fast paced, world of warbler photography.

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Scioto River below Griggs Dam

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Before even starting to look for warblers we noticed a Great Blue Heron at river’s edge quite frustrated with something it was trying to eat. A closer look revealed the problem.

 

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The heron was acting strange.

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It was trying to eat a fish.

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It’s eyes might be bigger than it’s stomach.

The fish was just too big!

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Further on, Baltimore Orioles seemed to be everywhere. At one point, four males were flying circles around us as they chased each other.

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Baltimore Oriole, study 1 (Donna)

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Baltimore Oriole, study 2

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A bird was seen quietly moving around in the brush and lower trees. It turned out to be a Swainson’s Thrush. Not a bird we were looking for but exciting nonetheless.

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Swainson’s Thrush, (Donna)

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The first Red-eyed Vireos we’ve seen this year,

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Red-eyed Vireo, study 1

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Red-eyed Vireo, study 2 (Donna)

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along with our first Prothonotary Warbler.

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Prothonotary Warbler, study 1

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Prothonotary Warbler, study 2

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Prothonotary Warbler, study 3

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We finished our outing seeing warblers seen before over the few days,

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Palm Warbler

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Yellow-rumped Warbler coming in for a landing

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

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Yellow-throated Warbler

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along with a few other birds that call the area home all summer.

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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Blue Jay, (Donna)

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Song Sparrow

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As I write this I can’t help but notice a Common Grackle at our feeder. A very beautiful but common bird that’s easy to take for granted.

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Common Grackle

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7 Comments on “The Fish Was Just Too Big

  1. Amazing pictures. I saw a great blue one time with a fish about that size in its throat. It was trying to get it to go on down. I wouldn’t. I had to pull the truck over and missed seeing it finally swallow the fish. I was worrying how to do the Hiemlich on a heron.

    • While I watched, the heron wasn’t making much progress and it appeared it had been working on the fish for a while. Wasn’t sure I wanted to stick around and see if it managed to get it halfway down.

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