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A Great Blue Heron Goes Fishing

Photographer Gregg Thompson captured a quick succession of images of a Great Blue Heron striking - and then swallowing - an unlucky fish. Herons have modified vertebrae, which allow them to hold their necks in an "S" shape and recoil quickly to capture fast-moving prey. Besides fish, a Great Blue Heron's diet may include small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds.

Follow the images in this sequence, from "gotcha" to "GULP!"

















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Listen to BirdNote shows about Great Blue Herons:

The Heron and the Snake
Regal Great Blue Heron
Heron Nest - Start with One Stick
Great Blue Heron, Alone Again
Heron Habitat Helpers

All photos © Gregg Thompson

 


 

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