This week’s photo, taken April 7, 2014 at Meadowbrook Pond in northeast Seattle, WA, features a GREAT BLUE HERON juggling a fish that it just caught.
GREAT BLUE HERONS can be skittish, so they often don’t allow people to get too close. But a bird might tolerate us scary humans if it’s focusing on its next meal.
That’s what happens at Meadowbrook Pond when I surprise a nearby Great Blue Heron while it is stalking a fish. The heron, although aware of my presence, keeps its eyes on its prey, and a few seconds later it thrusts its long bill and its entire head under water. Soon, it surfaces with a tiny morsel.
Yes, it’s a very small fish for such a large bird, but this heron is a juvenile, so perhaps it’s practicing its hunting skills on anything it finds. Or maybe it just wants something to play with.
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