Friday, September 07, 2007

Green Heron

This picture was taken in our back yard on 26th August, 2007. I was out on the Island in our pond feeding the fish and turtles when I spotted this guy, so went back and got my camera. I was lucky enough to get good shots of him catching his favourite food: frogs. This frog was a bit big for him and he had trouble swallowing him. He had to keep dunking him back in the water to make him a little more slippery. In one of the photo's it looks like the frog is trying to keep his front legs out as far as possible. If they were a little longer, maybe he could have grabbed the Heron by the neck. Herons are the only bird that quite often will use bait such as insects to catch their main prey, fish and frogs. They'll catch an insect and then drop it in the water waiting for a fish or frog to investigate.

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