Great sequence of photos, Jim! Thanks for sharing.
We once saw something very similar out at Malheur NWR. The GBH also spent 15-20 minutes trying to get this huge carp down (similarly sized to the one in your photos), and eventually succeeded. To our amazement it then went back to hunting, and within moments speared a second carp, only slightly smaller than the first one, and successfully swallowed it too. So, not so sure about it not needing another meal soon :).
On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Jim Leonard <photojleonard...> wrote:
> I was a little bored at Baskett Slough NWR yesterday so I thought I would > watch a Great Blue Heron nearby to see if it would catch a fish. The heron > was about 30 feet away from this small island when it saw movement in the > water by the island and flew over and pounced on this large Carp. It drug > it close to the island and then impaled it with its bill. It tried to > swallow the fish several times over a 15-20 minute period. I really thought > it was going to give up but nature surprised me again and it swallowed it > whole. I don't think it will need a meal for a while. Photos by Jim Leonard. > > https://goo.gl/photos/1qA2t2tJCXQ5fddF8 >