While I was taking pictures of the ducks at the pond the other day, I spotted a Great Blue Heron flying in. When the big bird touched down on the shoreline, it immediately took off again. I soon saw why – there was another Great Blue Heron at the pond. The chase was on. I think it was over territory but it also could have been over food. The first heron has a bit of food in its bill. The Great Blue Herons live in a nearby rookery or nesting area high in the trees near the small private community lake that is in the general neighborhood where I live. Herons eat fish, frogs, crayfish, turtles, aquatic insects and sometimes small rodents. They a keen hunters. There usually is only a single heron here on the pond. This is the third time I have seen two herons here at the same time. I took these pictures in my yard on Jan. 13, 2012 and on Jan. 17, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
January 19, 2012