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Grey Heron with Eel.

Grey Heron with Eel.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 600mm f4L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-28 11:42
Viewed: 3248
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Grey Heron caught an Eel when fishing at Leighton Moss reserve. That seemed like the easy bit as it twisted round the Herons beak when it got to the bank.
As it was coiled around, the Heron could do nothing as it's beak was held closed. Eventually it bashed the Eel against the bank and it loosened it's grip. Funny to watch while it was going on but I was not in a position to get a photograph.
Camera settings:- ISO 200, AV, Spot metering, 840mm focal length, 1.4 x converter, Manual White balance,
Remote shutter cord.

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  • Great 
  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-05-28 11:49]

The heron is great, the eel is great, both perfectly sharp but the greatest thing in this picture is the wonderful comp`!

  • Great 
  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-28 12:13]

Hi Peter,
This is a great composition of this bird. I like that he is standing in the water and with a fish as eel as well. Perfect timing and well seen. Good light and nice colours.
gr. Paula

  • Great 
  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-28 13:15]

Hello Peter,

What a moment when the Heron catch a eel, excellent picture and nice capture, colours and sharpness is very lovely. TFS.


Hello Peter,
Wow! Super catch from both you and the heron. The camera settings worked out really nice, and yes the composition is very pleasant. :)

Hi Peter...Always like to see something extra and the eel gives that nice touch...Best, Brat.

Hi Peter,
Fantastic image. You were certainly in the right place at the right time. The bird itself looks beautiful and your image of it is beautiful too. Excellent quality.

  • Great 
  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-29 2:27]
  • [+]

salut Peter,
bravo pour ce moment bien capté, on voit bien que tu étais à l'affût derrière les herbes hautes. C'est très naturel, bien réalisé. Juste dommage qu'il n'y ait pas les pattes.


Super image, great POV, well composed. Lovely colors and detail is excellent. Good use of DOF, foreground and background softening creates an 'intimate' feel to the picture. Well done and TFS, Mish

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-29 9:15]

Hi Peter
Excellent action capture.The image is sharp and the composition is nice.I like the color and your DOF choice.
TFS Michel

  • Good 
  • mjcarr (15)
  • [2007-05-29 11:24]

great pic ..shame about the eel

  • Great 
  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-03 14:44]
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Lovely shot of the Heron Peter, great moment to catch. I like the pov and the soft foreground. All has good light and colour and the Heron is nice and sharp.

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