Surfing the Del Norte, California Coastline.
Photo Essay: Our series of images takes us on a feeding observation of the Great Blue Heron searching, waiting patiently, striking hard to secure its fish, and escaping the water just seconds from being challenged by another animal seeking to hunt the rich dark waters of the bay.
Studying the water as the tide rushes out from the bay, Great Blue Heron demonstrates the most interesting postures and techniques as it searches the water for its next meal.
Then it strikes at blistering speed.
Twenty minutes later it’s time for another attempt. The lighting has changed and light breezes are moving across the shoreline. Our hungry master has positioned itself a few feet from the rock pile breakwater structure looking for fingerling day fish migrating with the movement of the outgoing tide.
Reading the water for another small fish.
Amazing large feeder fish was captured.
Tasting Sweet Success!
After a successful feeding, our Heron bursts out of the shallow waters and perches atop the breakwater structure watching two otters which claimed the outgoing tide waters as the next beneficiaries of the feeding grounds.
Once our Heron settles on the pilings, it turns to watch two characters below.
Pair of River Otters feeding in shifting tide waters near Eureka’s Warfinger Building on Humboldt Bay.