Wednesday, October 14, 2009

BIRDS Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron's seem to be every where we have fished! The 'gronk' like sound they make distinguishes them from all others. It is as if they are saying, "you woke me from my nap OR how can I listen for fish when your motor is running?"

It feeds in shallow water by standing or walking slowly then grabs its prey with its bill. It eats fish, frogs, birds, and insects. Although it is said it can feel in deeper water by plunging and swimming, it is yet something we have not seen.
Near an area we call Black Duck, (not to be confused with the city), there is a large rice patch. We always see at least one there, as well as the huge rice patch near what we call Battle Point.
We wonder if this is where they might lay there 3-7 bluish green eggs. Authorities on the subject of herons state they build nests 70 feet above the ground. That makes me wonder if those sticks and twig nests we have seen may have been heron nests rather than a raptor nest.
But for now......rok, rok to all. It is certain we have all heard them, as the habitat is across the USA and well into Canada.

The are a pretty bird in a prehistoric way with it's grayish blue body, white heads and black stripe over its eye.

The first one Old Trunks saw was in a tree! It was in the pre-long lens era and Tom moved slowly toward it, fishing as we went, so as not to attract attention.

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