|The Great Blue Heron is the largest North American Heron|
|I estimate the fish to be between 10-12 inches long|
|Herons feed on fish, crabs, shrimp, frogs and even mice and other small rodents|
|Herons hunt in shallow water and along water edges|
|They have been known to choke on fish too large to swallow|
By now I had decided I was going to see this through to the end no mater how long it took. I have seen a lot of pictures of these birds swallowing large fish whole and really wanted to get that shot, though this was the largest fish I had seen one attempt to eat. When I sat down on the bank I noticed a snake skin by my side. A giant zoom lens is not the best for this kind of photography, but I did my best to get a shot. Love the texture.
I watched as the poor guy tried one more time to wrangle the catfish, but then he became distracted and a little antsy. It was easy to figure out why as this man wandered out of the woods.
He never tore his gaze from the man who I assumed at the time was a fisherman who was making his way toward him.
But eventually he became just too close and the heron abandoned his catch (too heavy for him to pick up and fly with may be), and flew off to a new perch.
I thought the man and the bird must have both been on the same page when the man stopped in the same spot as the heron had been to set up shop. He was not a fisherman, however, and seemed from his equipment to be there collecting water samples or on some other environmental task.
If you saw the post on the Peregrin Falcon you have no doubt recognized the differences, but I'll lay them out here anyway.
- The falcon ate his prey in pieces whereas the heron tried to swallow his whole
- Obviously the falcon was successful and the heron was unsatisfied
- The falcon was not deterred by my presence while he ate and the heron was scared off by the guy with the interesting equipement
I saw a few other birds here of note: American Kestrel, Norther Flicker, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.