Great Blue Heron _ 01
An elegant Great Blue Heron is fishing for Rainbow Trout at Bennett Spring State Park in southern Missouri in October 2011. This patient fisherman did spear a ten inch trout with his pointed beak. He turned toward the bank and swallowed the fish whole. Look closely and you can still see the trout in the esophagus in the neck of this bird. Photo © copyright by J. P. Bell.