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……so, next time you are having a bad day.. think of this poor, innocent goldfish – just happily swimming around in the pond on a lovely autumn day … but.. no match for the speedy precision of the dreaded heron bill after being stalked with unmatched patience and shrewdness. After spearing ‘Poor Goldfish’, the heron then flipped him in the air to ensure he went head-first down his throat. I had my long lens with me; however, moved in close just to focus on the heron’s face when all this transpired right in front of me.
Unlike most other waders, the Great Blue Heron does not enjoy eating live fish. Consequently, if the first thrust of this spear-like bill doesn’t kill the poor fish, the Great Blue will play with it until it does die or will find something sharp (a log or a rock) upon which to spear it. .. and then will ensure it is swallowed head first…. Ugh.
- AND THE PHOTO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION…? ….yup… sadly, that lump in the heron’s throat? That’s our friend Poor Goldfish…sooo, next time you’re having a bad day…. consider Poor Goldfish.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
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