27 September 2014
While out and about doing a little birding this morning I witnessed this Great Blue Heron attempting to subdue a large fish, which was wriggling and fighting fiercely when I first observed the drama. The heron was quite far away and the quality of the pictures reflects that, but the sequence seemed interesting enough to memorialize.
Here are a couple of shots of the heron smacking the fish around and dunking it in and out of the water to overcome its resistance to being swalloed.
After several minutes the fish became inert and the bird proceeded to swallow it in one gulp, tossing its head back to ease the fish down its gullet.
Having finally eaten the fish it remained stationary for several minutes, presumably to aid in the process of digestion.