Great Blue Heron Part II

I ran into the Great Blue Heron again yesterday.  Either it is a very good hunter or it is very lucky.  This time another person flushed it from the edge of the park and it landed fairly close to me.  Within a minute or two it had caught dinner again.  Based on its behavior, I know that it didn’t see the rodent from the air.  It landed looking in one direction and after not seeing anything interesting in that direction, it turned around and almost immediately keyed in on its prey.  It’s fascinating to watch them hunt, although I do feel a bit sorry for the rodent.  

 

“Hunting Again”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

 

“Peek-a-boo”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

 

“Gotcha”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

 

“Decisions”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

 

“Reaching Out”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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One Response to Great Blue Heron Part II

  1. Never knew they even hunted on land or liked mammals. Very neat behavior you photographed here.

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