I've been stalking a lovely Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, for weeks. It's always in flight across the lake while I'm still fumbling with my camera. See what I mean?
Sunday I went in with the plan to approach from another direction. I walked slowly, stopping often to scan the shoreline. Only thing is that there's a drop off to shore level, about three feet.
It wasn't until I was nearly upon the heron that I noticed it. I was actually gazing at for moments before I could pick from the background. I stayed cool, knocked off the auto-focus because of those branches, and shot steadily.
I was really surprised that I hadn't flushed it when with a huge splash it suddenly disappeared under the water!
I was doing all I could to contain myself when I realized it had a fish! Wow! Now I knew why this bird wasn't spooked by me. It was hunting its dinner while I was hunting its image--a truly fractal capture! :-)
This shot illustrates how the poor little fish was actually speared, preventing any chance of escape. Well known for its stabbing behavior and a real meat eater, it dines on fish, reptiles, birds--even small mammals.