Please view LARGE?
A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, and smaller ears and eyes. There are approximately 70 species of voles; they are sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice in America. The voles, together with the lemmings and the muskrats, form the subfamily Arvicolinae.
This Vole became the GBH's dinner catch :-( "there was a blue heron who swallowed a vole..."
This was a frightening/tragic photographic moment and you know, I was sorely tempted to interfere and scare the GBH into releasing the Vole, but after giving it thought I concluded that is not a role that needs filling. This was Mother Nature at her best/worst? and who would I be to deny the GBH it's dinner and it's place in the food chain. Nevertheless, I did feel sorry and more than a little in awe of this brave little soul contemplating its final moments :-( I hope that maybe the GBH choked on the vole? ;-)