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A Black-headed Heron caught a lizard for its lunch. I had hoped to capture other images, but in one deft movement, it turned the lizard round and swallowed it head-first (I have an image of it with a somewhat distended throat!).

Peckish, anyone?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jan 2012 - 5:50 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch !
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:26 Nov 2013 - 3:02 AM
Tags:Adult, Bird, Heron, Kenya, Lizard, Lunch, Masai mara, Wildlife / nature
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781969
781969  1 India
26 Nov 2013 - 3:04 AM

superb capture,amazing clairity.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
26 Nov 2013 - 3:09 AM

Excellent capture! Pin sharp shot. My compliments! Grin
IB

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gwynn56
gwynn56  274 forum posts England
26 Nov 2013 - 3:12 AM

what a catch Smile

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doerthe
doerthe e2 Member 2 Old Username was meandbrunodoerthe vcard United States
26 Nov 2013 - 3:26 AM

Such an incredible shot!!!Grin

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 3:36 AM

Excellent picture well captured.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Nov 2013 - 3:41 AM

This is excellent Simon !! An amazing capture Grin I am going to raid the fridge now Smile

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
26 Nov 2013 - 3:55 AM

Awesome shot! It is razor sharp, great!
M

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 4:37 AM

Great shot!!! That is one happy looking Heron.

Peter

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
26 Nov 2013 - 4:45 AM

This is amazing simon. I like your narratives, which are very educative. This is a stunner with that sharpness and moment captured. Kudos to you. Thanks for looking into my images. Your inputs are very valuable to me.

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AlexAppleby
26 Nov 2013 - 5:15 AM

Stunning shot. What a mouthful!

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
26 Nov 2013 - 5:28 AM

What a great capture

Peter

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ColleenA
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26 Nov 2013 - 6:22 AM

What an amazing capture Simon...great timing....it's excellent

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
26 Nov 2013 - 7:07 AM

Fantastic image Simon !!! Grin

Lynette Grin

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Ray12
Ray12  175 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 7:11 AM

Great image...right place....right time Grin

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viscostatic
26 Nov 2013 - 7:55 AM

Wonderful clarity in this great natural history shot Simon.

Phil.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
26 Nov 2013 - 8:54 AM

Superb,
Fred.

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JuBarney
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26 Nov 2013 - 11:43 AM

An amazing and splendid well-timed shot
Ju

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 1:06 PM

wow what a shot

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13323 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 1:28 PM

A super capture Simon,
Alan

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 1:28 PM

very impressed
and so well timed
Lillian

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Raamir
Raamir  1
26 Nov 2013 - 4:50 PM

To me lizard is more interesting with the color and texture - an excellent click indeed Grin

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tonyng
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26 Nov 2013 - 5:27 PM

Perfect capture for both of you Smile. Bravo.

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
26 Nov 2013 - 9:36 PM

That is such a brilliant shot Simon. Cathy

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iosatel
iosatel  1 Belgium
27 Nov 2013 - 12:53 AM

Amazing details, perfectly done!

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2013 - 4:59 PM

Great capture Simon never thought they would eat one of those ( and the lizard probably thought that as well )
Rob

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