3971 ... allows the fish to slide a bit further down Mom’s throat, as can be seen by the bulge in her throat getting lower. This is the last photo in this series. (And this entire eleven-photo fish-swallowing sequence spanned less than one minute.) We photographers thought Mom would digest the fish for a while and then regurgitate it again, so we stayed there with cameras trained on her. But after a while she still hadn’t regurgitated it. So we thought that either Mom was hungry, or the fish needed more time to be digested to make it soft enough for the chicks to eat it. We never saw the fish again.
RCS3971GreatBlueHeronSwallowingFishRob ScharpfViera WetlandsRitchGrissomWetlandsMelbourneFLFlorida