A Well-Fed Fellow

I just got back from spending a wonderful week at Dauphin Island.  My parents invited me (and my camera) to accompany them on a trip in their RV to this barrier island that sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay, and which happens to be a haven for all kinds of birds!

As soon as we arrived, Mom and I left Dad in charge of setting up camp while we rushed off to get our toes in some sand! Right away, we encountered this handsome Heron who was patrolling the beach in search of an afternoon snack.

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He would stare at the water intently and then quickly stab at a fish.

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Then he would stroll a bit…

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…turn to stare at the water…

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…and repeat the process!

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It was fascinating to watch how each time he came away with a catch, he would turn and head back to the sand to partake of his prize.  He didn’t want the fish (which is the true definition of fast food!) to be able to swim away if he dropped it!

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We watched him for quite awhile, and then left to walk the beach, assured that this Heron was one well-fed fellow.

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I had a wonderful week, and can’t wait to share more posts and pictures in the days ahead!

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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24 Responses to A Well-Fed Fellow

  1. Wonderful thing to witness. Terrific photographs!

  2. Jodi says:

    sounds like a great week! Look forward to sharing in the adventure! 🙂

  3. Vicki says:

    Looking forward to more posts and pictures.

  4. A beautiful bird! Great photos of an expert fisherman.

  5. Jill Kuhn says:

    Love the coloring of this Heron! 😄 Sounds like you had a fun week! 🐬☀️

  6. Trail Walker says:

    A superb series. Herons on the hunt for food can be very entertaining to watch, but you have to have patience.

  7. vsperry says:

    Kathy…I am going to be doing a sculpture of a heron next year and am looking for good pictures of them. My definition of a good picture is not the classic one, though. I am looking for pictures that give me the information that you don’t normally see, like what does it look like from behind, above, what do the toes look like, etc. I am hoping to get some pix of my own but if you have any that you would share with me I would love it. Let me know and I will send you my info. Thanks!!!

  8. Tiny says:

    Beautifully documented feast!

  9. de Wets Wild says:

    The fishermen must have been green with envy at witnessing the ease with which the heron went about his fishing! Fantastic series, Kathy!

  10. aussiebirder says:

    What an interesting and impressive Heron. Is this a Blue Heron Kathy?

  11. These photos are absolutely glorious!

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