Green Heron
Butorides striatus
Goes Fishing
May 23, 2010

Yesterday I watched as a green heron flew out to a tree stump island on Toftrees pond. It appeared to have something in its bill.
Green heron with bait
  A month or so previously, I saw a video clip of a green heron using bait to fish, and I wondered whether this green heron was behaving in a similar fashion.

And it was!

I missed photographing the first successful strike, but the cooperative green heron moved to a new position and tried again.

The heron waved its bill with tidbit over the water, and the fish came to the heron (which I judged by the ripples in the pond).

Green heron with bait
  And then the green heron struck.
Green heron strikes
  I'm not sure what the heron caught, but it seemed content enough to swallow the whatever.
Green heron with catch
  Imagine: fishing with a built-in rod.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K200D, with the SMC 1000mm reflex lens, for a long sequence of photos taken on 22 May 2010.

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