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September 30, 2017

Great Blue Heron eats a large catfish

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Great Blue Heron with a catfish

Great Blue Heron with a catfish

It can be amazing to watch a Great Blue Heron catch and eat a large fish. After catching the fish with a lightning strike, it brought it to a shallow spot where it proceeded to strike it repeatedly, impaling it each time. No doubt it wanted to make sure there would be no movement of the victim when swallowed and a possibility of a severe injury from the fishes fin spines. It would also serve to help digest the prey, a formidable project involving masses of scales and bones.

Following is the entire sequence:

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Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
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Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias

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