Hunting Heron sequence

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I was in Morro Bay for the weekend, attending my son's wedding. The hotel we stayed at was adjacent to a fantastic rookery, so I did a little prowling on Saturday morning. I realize Great Blue Herons are wonderful fishermen, but I didn't realize they hunted on land as well. I'll let the following sequence, taken with the 80-200/2.8D and Kenko Pro 1.4x combo, speak for itself.

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Hi UF

Neat, neat series!

I've never seen the herons in my neck of the woods hunt anywhere but in the water, but it sure looks like they'll eat just about anything!
 
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Great Series of captures!!!! Obviously the mouse didn't think that ate them either :lol:
 
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Unbelievable captures...talk about being in the right place at the right time. Absolutely outstanding images....
 
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Amazing, I had no idea they ate land animals that's so bizarre.

You should track down details of the GBH and see if this is in fact common or if this is a unique trait of this particular bird....if unique try and submit these photo's to a research team....might help a study...

Cool!!!


Joel.
 
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Great capture I saw the same thing last year at my locla lake the hron was walkign on the grass struck the hunting pose and then grabbed and unsuspecting mole
 
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Thank you all for your kind comments. I've been informed that this is normal behavior for the GBH, and
that the creature being hunted is (or should that be was ) a "pocket gopher".
 
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Great series!!! I can just hear it "OK, everyone's getting ready for the wedding... but where on earth is Frank? Fraaaaaaank?????? Oh lord he's out shooting pictures again!!!!" *LOL*
 
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great sequence Frank! I've certainly never seen them eat a furry critter before, but I think they will eat just about anything that they can fit down their throats ;-)
 
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Great series Frank. I had no idea that they ate anything but fish. Amazing shots.
 
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don't thisnk that was a mounse. more like a small rat. was this thing dead whenit ate it. I would think it could cause some serious damage if not. good catches. both of ya!
 
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