In the blink of an eye

Paying attention to what’s happening when photographing wildlife can make or break a great photo opportunity. There are so many opportunities that can arise or disappear in the blink of an eye.

I was photographing a Purple Heron at Intaka Island one morning. The purple Heron had been hunting for fish all morning and had finally been successful. After capturing the sighting, I thought I’d take a quick stretch break and rest my eyes.

Before I could even get off from my seat, I noticed a quick movement from the Purple Heron.

The Purple Heron was still standing close to a reed bed minutes after feeding on the fish. The next moment it turned its head around and snapped at the reeds. My camera was not focused on the Purple Heron so I had no idea what it had caught.

I aimed my camera and focused on the Purple Heron. Believe it or not, it had managed to catch a big Dragonfly. I had assumed that it wouldn’t eat so soon after devouring the large fish for breakfast. I was mistaken.

Purple Heron with Dragonfly5

This happened within a few seconds. The Purple Heron proceeded to secure its catch and then instantly gulped it down.  Some of the other photographers were still trying to figure out what had just happened.

Purple Heron with Dragonfly2Purple Heron with Dragonfly4

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