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The Heron Hunts

The “Resident” Great Blue Heron was out on this side of the shoreline of the little farm pond at about 5:00 pm yesterday.  It was hunting for its evening meal.  The Great Blue Heron eats small fish, small aquatic animals and insects.  It also will occasionally eat small rodents if they happen to be close to wherever the heron is hunting.  Herons are wading birds that have long legs and hunt in the shallow water of ponds, lakes, and slower streams.  They also can be found in salt water marsh lands.  They make their nest up in the crown of taller trees and prefer evergreens when possible.  This heron was actively hunting when I snapped these pictures yesterday (March 9 2012).  The heron is here about three to four days a week now.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "The Heron Hunts" (11)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i was just thinking of that yesterday – that as many herons and egrets as we get here, i’ve never seen a nest. we don’t have many evergreens, but do have some taller willows, etc.

    • Hi TexWisGirl, I think that tall flat topped or broadly topped trees where a sturdy heavy wide but shallow nest could be build would do for the herons. Have a super Sunday tomorrow!

      • TexWisGirl said:

        yeah, we don’t have many of those here. about the sturdiest we have are oaks, but i don’t think they’d go for that much foliage…

    • Hi TexWisGirl, I think you are right. On the Pacific Coast, the Great Blue Herons often choose the Monterrey Cyprus trees which are pretty open topped evergreens that have giant trunks and rather large branches. Thanks again for all of your great comments!

  2. They are very shy birds, you must have been pretty far away!

    • Hi Ginny, I was in my living room shooting the photographs through the window and I also quietly walked out onto the porch. I would estimate my home is probably 100+- yards from the pond. The heron looked in my direction but I was still and it lost interest. It flew off a few minutes later on. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. You are so lucky to be able to watch these birds during their daily lives!

  4. That is interesting about the nests–I assumed they built on the ground like sandhill cranes do (well, in marshy areas).

  5. It is cool to see the heron as a regular visitor to your pond. I have seen them nest in the tall pine trees here at my lake.

  6. It’s always a treat to see these birds fishing 🙂

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