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Did you know herons eat turtles?
Posted By: SouthShoreRob, 08-12-2008, 03:41 PM

I didn't!

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08-12-2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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cool sequence.... I didn't know either....

Can we see a crop of the turtle?

Thanks for posting!

-Chris
08-12-2008, 05:42 PM   #3
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how do you know he really ate it?

I see him holding it but nog goin' down.
08-12-2008, 06:11 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by hinckc Quote
cool sequence.... I didn't know either....

Can we see a crop of the turtle?

Thanks for posting!

-Chris
Sure thing, but you have to know this isn't gonna look pretty at 100% from a full eight metres away or so...


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08-12-2008, 06:13 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
how do you know he really ate it?

I see him holding it but nog goin' down.
Haha good point. Well, after twisting the turtle in it's mouth a bit, the heron wandered up the bank a bit and did the dirty deed. Here you see the turtle entering his mouth and in the second shot, travelling down the neck. Yummy hehe.

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08-12-2008, 06:35 PM   #6
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I think they might be strong enough to crush the turtle. Nice picture and series
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Very nice series Rob, thanks for posting it.

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08-13-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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I did know, but saw it only on Animal Planet
And some joke about similar situation:
Heron just ate a frog and it's flying back home. At one moment, the voice from herons stomach asks: Hey you, on what altitude we're flying?
-10,000 feet!
-No shit!!?

I hope it sounds good on english as it's on croatian

Btw, nice pics!


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Herons are snakes.
Good catch Rob, so to speak.
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Herons are like a hoover they just suck up anything and everything


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08-13-2008, 06:48 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. It was truly a neat experience to see - and capture - this going down. I have seen heron devour fish before, but nothing like this. So, I got great photos and learned something new; always a treat.

I only wish I had the DA*300mm at my disposal to *really* get the shot, but alas another lens in the lineup is just not in the cards anytime soon.
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I did not know that Herons ate turtles. A very cool sequence. Nice that you got the dirty deed. Did you shoot from a blind?

So Herons eat turtles, and somewhere I have a video of a Bullfrog catching and eating a sparrow on the banks of a pond. Nature has a way of balancing the weirdness...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
I did not know that Herons ate turtles. A very cool sequence. Nice that you got the dirty deed. Did you shoot from a blind?
Actually, no I didn't. I was pretty much in plain sight. This guy was so intent on catching his prey, he basically didn't even pay any attention to me - and my two sons - whatsoever.
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Very nice shots. Herons aren't always very cooperative, at least the ones around here,and I have spent a lot of time getting just a few usable pics. A really nice series!
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Once watched a heron in Galway eat an enormous eel. Freaked me out.
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