Fishin’

This fine-feathered Green Heron, Butorides virescens, was creeping in the bog, no doubt angling for some fish for lunch.

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He flew off after spotting me (I attempted unobtrusiveness, but obviously failed!).  The heron returned to the pond shortly afterward–the allure of a fish meal greater than wariness of the gardener.

Smacking his beak in pleasure, the pond is now short a few gambusia (mosquito fish).

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Everyone has to eat!

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23 thoughts on “Fishin’

    • I was thrilled with this one! I’ve seen them before, but they always fly off just as I blunder out of the house. This one stayed long enough for him to eat and me to look.

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    • Nice! I’ve had Blues visit too, but have never been able to get a good shot at them. I bet they like those frogs and toads and tadpoles and oh, so many things! Interesting about the noise–gonna go check that out on the Cornell site!

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  1. What a lovely creature! I’m guessing the fish reproduce in ways that keep their numbers ahead of any losses from the Garden’s very own Big Birds. I can feel everyone reading here regularly slowly but surely realizing they need a pond, a pond, a pond!

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    • Yes, there are multitudes of mosquito fish. I am down one goldfish though since cleaning the pond in early March. Not sure who snatched that one….

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