Great Blue Heron and Jumping Shrimp

Did You See a Shrimp Jump?

The last month has been really slow for seeing wading birds of any kind around Charleston. There is a lot of talk that Hurricane Florence disturbed the bird migration and who knows when we might see an influx.

With not much else happening, we took a walk around the dike at Magnolia Plantation yesterday. Always attractive, this single Great Blue Heron held my attention for quite awhile, preening, looking around, and even fluffed his head feathers up.

Great Blue Heron on Ramp
Great Blue Heron on Ramp

He should have been paying more attention to the water. I took the photos to get some action, but didn’t know what was afoot. A good sized shrimp had jumped out of the water as high as the platform the bird was standing on. I, not surprisingly, didn’t see the shrimp until I was processing these photos.

Great Blue Heron and Jumping Shrimp
Great Blue Heron and Jumping Shrimp

The shrimp managed to flip himself to the right as the heron stabbed straight down.

Great Blue Heron and Jumping Shrimp
Great Blue Heron and Jumping Shrimp

Score one for the shrimp and zero for the bewildered Great Blue.

Great Blue Heron: Where Did it Go?
Great Blue Heron: Where Did it Go?

11 thoughts on “Did You See a Shrimp Jump?”

  1. What a cool sequence, Ellen. I would think the success rate for the Great Blue Heron would be greater if it was in the water. Catching a jumping shrimp can’t be easy even under the best of circumstances.

    1. Thanks, Mike. I agree; interestingly the GBH could have gone to the lower end of the platform and easily reached the water where there was a lot of movement, but didn’t.

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