January 16, 2014

Do you want that super sized?

If you haven't had the opportunity to watch a heron or egret eat a large fish it is like watching a teenager gobble down a super sized fast food hamburger, fries and drink in 60 seconds.
You can't quite believe your eyes.

How does the bird juggle the fish without loosing it and then swallow it whole?

This was taken on Rondeau Bay last summer.
Right now the heron has been supplanted by ice fisherpeople.
I just get my ice from the freezer, it's much easier.

Ardea herodias
Thanks to specially shaped neck vertebrae, Great Blue Herons can curl their neck into an S shape for a more aerodynamic flight profile and to quickly strike prey at a distance.

The oldest Great Blue Heron, based on banding recovery, was 24 years old.

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