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The One That Got Away

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Photo Credit: David July — A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Near Pioneer Drive, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012


part of the Thanksgiving 2012 album

When I first spotted this Anhinga anhinga just north of the main lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, it had just caught a fish. As the bird prepared to eat its catch, something happened and the fish successfully launched itself from the anhinga's bill with amazing speed and agility.

Photo Credit: David July — A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 16 February 2014

I pressed the shutter button repeatedly and captured three frames as the anhinga rapidly reacted by diving into the pond in pursuit.

Photo Credit: David July — After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) prepares to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012 Photo Credit: David July — After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012 Photo Credit: David July — After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

From escape to pursuit, everything seen above took place inside of two seconds. The anhinga returned seventeen seconds later, apparently without the fish.

Photo Credit: David July — Following the successful escape of the fish it caught, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) returns to a rock in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

I have no idea what ultimately occurred below the water's surface, but I was left with the impression that the fish did not become a meal that afternoon.

Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July

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