Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Heron Dining al Fresco



17 comments:

  1. Very nice! I love those birds.

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  2. Robin, I just love your bird pictures!

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  3. Sharon, Sabine, and Tara-- Thank you for stopping by and liking these photos!

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  4. Haven't been posting as much at my blog. This worldwide community all started at blogs. Want to remember to find time for my blog. Thank goodness for those birds!

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  5. Those close ups were awesome. Such a dainty eater.

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  6. am-- I noticed that you haven't posted for a while. Looking forward to your next post.

    Scott-- Ah, sushi!

    Arkansas Patti-- Glad you liked the close-ups. It was interesting how long it took him to get that fish down.

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  7. Oh, I love it! No matter how often we see fish-eating birds it's always a treat. Nice shots.

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  8. I love how you captured the moment that the heron sort of tossed the fish to get it farther back in its bill so it can swallow it. They don't have teeth. They don't use their feet. Apparently their tongues aren't used to transfer food (I'm guessing about that last one). So they kind of toss it and try to grab it closer to their throat. I was very surprised when a photo I took showed a red tailed hawk doing the same thing.

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  9. NCmountainwoman-- I don't think I've ever watched a heron eat a fish like this, and was surprised by how much energy it required to do it.

    CCorax-- I have other photos of the action. It took a little while to get it just right for the fish to head in the right direction. It was definitely a surprise to see all the tossing and grabbing.

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  10. Photos like this are why I keep a can of sardines under the bed. Very Nice!

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  11. I'm always surprised when I see herons around here. It just seems like they shouldn't be here. When I see them fly, it seems like I'm looking into a deep, hidden past. They just seem prehistoric.

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  12. Phil-- You never know when you're going to need those sardines! We'll have to remember that.

    Mark-- They do seem prehistoric. And now that you mention it, so do pelicans. Definitely otherworldly or other-timely!

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  13. That's a great shot. We used to spend more time at a local wildlife refuge. Lately we've been too busy and that's a huge mistake as nature does heal-- and right now we need healing

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  14. Great shots! And I guess it was interesting, seeing the whole process. These big birds are kinda prehistoric -- at least, more evidence keeps turning up about birds and dinos being related, even if the branches took off in different directions. With birds, though -- I don't really know so much, but do smaller birds eat stuff (like worms) in much the same way?

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  15. Rain-- Yes, exactly, nature heals. That's why we do try to make time to get out there and find our balm.

    kathya-- It was a bit of a bummer to watch that fish get eaten. But that's how herons live, and that's probably why there are so many little fishes compared to the number of herons. Interesting question about how birds eat. I'm going to have to do some googling around!

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