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Spear Fisher

By Maiwand
The Grey Heron ( ardea cinerea )
Went to the local hide today with the intention of bagging a Redshank but finished instead getting involved with a brute of a Heron catching a Perch.These birds use their beaks to fantastic effect and if you look carefully you will see that he has speared the fish right through. The last shot shows the killer getting away as fast as he could.

My grateful and appreciative thanks for all views/comments,votes on the last Heron. Particular thanks to Steve ( Sparrowhawk ) and Ina ( Gezina ) for their User Awards.

I hope large view will be worth your time.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: skewey, Lillian, Alec1 and 106 more

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Comments


skewey 10 31 England
18 Mar 2010 8:59PM
Nice one Ron.
Paul

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Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:01PM
Unbelievable, such perfect timing, and the details, only a WOW! will do
breath taking shot....
I was about to press my award and up there was two more
STUNNING!...and still more up to 4 now
Lillian
Alec1 8 4 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:01PM
Wonderfull shot Ron super detail on the bird and the fish.
Alec
Scutter Plus
8 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:03PM
Great series
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:08PM
What a great set, fantastic!!
Brian
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
18 Mar 2010 9:12PM
What an awesome set of images Ron, well don eindeed.
Bob
KBan 11 493 4 England
18 Mar 2010 9:13PM
shortlisted

keith
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:17PM
Stunning set of images Ron, fab detail, perfect right down to that poor little Perch, real good uns Ron.
Shaun
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:18PM
Wonderful set of images with superb detail and colours beautifully timed and a well deserved UA
Alexa
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
18 Mar 2010 9:25PM
Stunning Colin
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
18 Mar 2010 9:27PM
What a fabulous set of images Ron.
Great to see a bird doing something. V1 for me - spot on focus to get that fish with such detail in the Herons beak.
Shortlisted here too.
Brian.
18 Mar 2010 9:30PM
absolutely perfect, love the detail in the perch with its finn fanned unique.. let alone the heron !

Nikki !
rockfish 6 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:32PM
I feel quite sorry for the poor old Perch! Smile Lovely set of images. Telling the whole story makes for something a bit special. Superb.
Peter
lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:33PM
What an amazing set of photos, i think each warrant their own votes!!! superb detail and such perfect timing. love them all x x x
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
18 Mar 2010 9:36PM
Thank you all kind people.
Ron
mahbrook 6 1 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:40PM
Fantastic. Great timing and lovely exposure.
redshank 7 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:46PM
Wonderful set of images Ron.
Martin
18 Mar 2010 9:58PM
just mind-blowing
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 10:03PM
we were obviously in the wrong place today, you jammy *** credit where credit is due - fabulous shots
18 Mar 2010 10:04PM
What a brilliant series of pictures. Perfection!!
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
18 Mar 2010 10:14PM
A wonderful set of images.
Joan.
18 Mar 2010 10:20PM
Superb set,
Alan
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
18 Mar 2010 10:23PM
Shortlisted--- a fantastic set

I am so envious!
Jennnnnn
Karrol 8 29 England
18 Mar 2010 10:43PM
Fantastic action shots.
18 Mar 2010 11:08PM
Incredible series, well done.
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
18 Mar 2010 11:16PM
This is a truly remarkable action series Ron. Terrific detail throughout - love the raised dorsal fin of the poor Perch in V1 and the "killer" making his exit in V5. Superb light, detail and colours in every one.
Sylvia
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 11:36PM
Excellent captures Ron, great detail in all. Great capture for the heron too....though I wouldn't fancy swallowing a perch myself!
Steve
19 Mar 2010 12:02AM
outstanding series
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
19 Mar 2010 5:11AM
A cracking set, Ron, fantastic detail. Carol
goso 10 2 1 Australia
19 Mar 2010 6:34AM
Terrific captures Ron; I've never seen anything like this, I thought they just scooped them up in their beak - terrific...Bill
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Mar 2010 6:56AM
Thanks for your time everyone.
Ron
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
19 Mar 2010 6:57AM
What a great capture, so great with the raised fin

Peter
LukeParkinson 6 30 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 7:20AM
A stunning set of shots. Well done
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
19 Mar 2010 7:21AM
Really excellent images, vers 1 & 3 for me.

Ken
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
19 Mar 2010 8:06AM
This is your best piece of work yet Ron. What a series and superb timing and on a Thursday.
They say you have to get the eye contact well you nailed the eye on the perch as well.
The detail throughout is first class as is the timing
Brilliant
Richard
Shortlisted
WL_Harris 8 3 2 United States
19 Mar 2010 8:21AM
Excellent series all five shots are of the highest quality, v2 shows the spearing very well.
I would hope you weren't to disappointed about not getting your Redshank.
Impressive nature shots Ron.
Lee
Ray42 8 3 England
19 Mar 2010 8:56AM
The awards and the comments above say it all Ron - well done - I spent ages looking at the all in the large view drooling. Down to Arundel Monday/Tuesday might I have the pleasure?
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
19 Mar 2010 9:03AM
Another User Award from me too Ron. Fabulous.
Brian.
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 9:14AM
wonderfully captured observations here

Linda
19 Mar 2010 10:12AM
What a cracker I usually get the fish blurred because its flapping.
You will of course get a Pete award as well as mine.
Alan
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
19 Mar 2010 11:07AM
These are amazing, as you can tell by the accolades! I like v3 for the curves and unusual format...but they are all superb!
arhb Plus
9 3.1k 68 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 11:28AM
Excellent work Ron - a superb set of images.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Mar 2010 3:15PM
Alan I thank you for your implied compliment but I reckon hell will freeze over first !!!
Thanks anyway.
Ron
DaveMead 7 23 14 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 3:55PM
An amazing set of images.
Dave
19 Mar 2010 4:53PM
Excellent set of captures Ron - well done indeed !

Chris
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
19 Mar 2010 4:59PM

Quote:What a cracker I usually get the fish blurred because its flapping.
You will of course get a Pete award as well as mine.
Alan


Just been on the phone to Lucifer and he is putting his thermals on Ron. Have a good feeling about this mate.
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 6:20PM
Outstanding set of wildlife photography - superb timing with magnificent detail and quality - if Pete doesn't recognise this - there is no justice on this site!!!! If I had another UA available you would have had that as well - as consolation I'll upload my Redshank shots shortly but wouldn't mind swapping Wink Ina
19 Mar 2010 6:20PM
Ron SUPERB ||||||||||< STUNNING,gray.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Mar 2010 7:15PM

Quote:Outstanding set of wildlife photography - superb timing with magnificent detail and quality - if Pete doesn't recognise this - there is no justice on this site!!!! If I had another UA available you would have had that as well - as consolation I'll upload my Redshank shots shortly but wouldn't mind swapping Ina

Thank you for your kind thought Ina. With the super standard of your Redshanks I could well agree to a swap !!
Zoundz 7 25 1 Ireland
19 Mar 2010 7:15PM
Blimey - that's incredible stuff! You definitely deserve more spectacular awards - I would give one myself if I could! Amazing stuff!

xx
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Mar 2010 7:15PM
Thanks to all for your time.
Ron
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
19 Mar 2010 10:44PM

Quote:Quote:Outstanding set of wildlife photography - superb timing with magnificent detail and quality - if Pete doesn't recognise this - there is no justice on this site!!!! If I had a UA available you would have have it !!


Couldn't have put it better myself Ron...forget tit on a stick, this is superb!!
19 Mar 2010 10:49PM
WOW! Congratulations Ron on all those awards. But the images are well worth them! Super detail even in the details... fantastic set,
JOhanna
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 5:27PM
timed to perfection Ron

Adrian
fatmod 10 22 England
20 Mar 2010 9:38PM
a stunning set of shots
Pegon 11 78 1 England
20 Mar 2010 10:36PM
A brilliant set of shots Ron.
Pete.
nickyv32 9 135 England
20 Mar 2010 11:31PM
Superb set of shots, well worthy of every poss award, stunners

Nicky
Cor 7 Belgium
21 Mar 2010 10:23AM
SUPERB !!!
betts 8 1 England
21 Mar 2010 5:25PM
Wow!!!!!!! AWESOME set!!!!!!!!!!! so sharp, excellent detail Ron,
betts
21 Mar 2010 7:15PM
Really great set of images - very worthy of all the votes! Smile
David
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2010 9:50PM
High voting & a string of UAs - comfirmation that this an oustanding wildlife feature, Ron. Congratulations!
Terry
Glyn1 7 4 1 England
21 Mar 2010 10:10PM
An awesome series Ron, really great captures, you deserve all the accolades for these. Great work.

Glyn
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
21 Mar 2010 10:30PM
Thanks all. Greatly appreciate this.
Ron
GlenD 9 United States
22 Mar 2010 2:27AM
Seen this myself and was close enough to get a good shot too but ended up binning them all Ron, so into watching than shooting I guess. Amazing fishermen and great capture by you my friend!
harrattp 9 11 4 England
22 Mar 2010 11:17AM
Ron I am at a total loss! 9 User awards, 88 votes and no recognition from the awards team. What do you have to do on here to be recognised?

A SUPERB set of images with great detail and composition. Well done Ron.

Paul
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2010 1:35PM

Quote:Ron I am at a total loss! 9 User awards, 88 votes and no recognition from the awards team. What do you have to do on here to be recognised?

A SUPERB set of images with great detail and composition. Well done Ron.

Paul



I agree with Paul completely, it must be about 'who you know' not how good an image/images is/are.

These images are fantastic, really excellent work. Congrats for all the well deserved user awards Smile
Dinney 8 2 England
22 Mar 2010 6:35PM
These are awesome shots Ron, it takes a lot of patience, skill and good timing to get photos of this standard and all those awards speak volumes, just needs Pete to complete the set now.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
22 Mar 2010 7:26PM
I thank you all very much indeed.
Ron
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2010 11:11PM
superb set of captures, great timing
bunSmile
metro074 6 8 Australia
23 Mar 2010 12:11AM
CONGRATULATIONS
Carol
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
23 Mar 2010 8:39AM
Thanks Bun and Carol
Ron
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
23 Mar 2010 3:52PM
Hi Ron, sorry I'm late coming in here. What more can I add that hasn't already been said, I think 9 user awards just about sums it up and I would add mine also if it were available, I'm very tempted to say a lot more but have seen and heard far too much about 'team awards' already. The endless discussions and forums just go nowhere and it's best not to bite the bait IMHO, a wonderful set my friend,
Regards,
Geoff.
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
24 Mar 2010 12:08PM
Congratulations on all the UAs - a stunner of an image.
Anne
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
24 Mar 2010 6:56PM
Thanks Geoff and Anne
Ron
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
25 Mar 2010 8:04AM
Had to make it 10 Ron, Why has this not done better.
Richard
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
25 Mar 2010 11:21AM
Thanks Richard and thanks for the Award.
Ron
dweezil 8 1 England
29 Mar 2010 9:15PM
Awesome captures Ron
Craig
jonah794 7 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 9:00PM
WOW this is fantastic! What great timing - details are perfect! Smile
Have my award to give you 3 lines of scrollies... Smile
Jonah
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
1 Apr 2010 10:47PM
10/10
Dennis
23 Apr 2010 11:05PM
Brilliant...I love image 2...you have got the eye of the fish and heron spot on.
Dave
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
13 May 2010 7:42PM
A brilliant set of action shots Ron, this is wildlife photography at its best
Bonico 6 Romania
4 Jul 2010 5:16PM
Nice capture
2 Feb 2011 9:18AM
amazing shots i just had to comment again

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