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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!"


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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