I remember a sister, yes, one of the Sunflower Girls, talking a year or so ago about the beautiful blue herons. Funny to me, because although they are impressive and huge, WilleR and I have not called them anything but NASTY and hope we don’t see any! I guess in explanation to that, it is because we had a small pond in our backyard with inhabitants……….koi and goldfish.
We’ve lost a few to this long legged bird, one of our favourites, a 6 inch koi. The fish was too large and heavy for a quick snack and Mr. Heron could not carry him away. In a fit of fear, something scared him off, he had to drop his meal and fly off. Not soon enough though, our koi perished.
Yes,well not so sad perhaps for those of you without pond fish, but quite traumatic to us……me. None-the-less, as I said the creatures are impressive and I managed to get a couple of shots of him on the neighbours roof.
It got to the point where we covered our pond earlier in the fall and put off the re-opening until late spring. The preferred species of bird in our yard were of this size.
Now, it doesn’t matter. We had such a harsh winter in Ontario that the pond froze over to a thickness of at least 4″……our remaining fish never had a chance. So visit blue herons, the yard is open to you!
Here ya go AudieJean!