The Great Blue Heron is back, and hungry!
A Bullfrog makes a nice meal for a heron. Our resident heron (below) has captured a large male frog.
With a firm grip on the frog, the heron wades over to a nearby island to safely prepare the frog for consumption.
The frog must be rendered motionless before it’s gulped down. A squirmy, wiggling frog may accidentally be dropped in the water and could be lost among the weeds and algae, too much time and energy goes into the capture to let that happen. The island allows for a safe place to work on the frog.
The whole sequence took approximately 13 minutes, from capture to take off, when the heron retreated to a favorite perch to digest, preen, and rest.
Life in the Wetlands.
12 responses to Big Blue and the Bull
Your best obsevation yet! Nicely done!
I wish I had more time to document all of what goes on out there, in the wild.
Really wonderful images Greg! Good work.
It seems as though this series of shots has generated much interest.
Thanks again, and hope to see you down by the Wetlands soon.
Terrific sequence of shots! What camera did you use? Where were you standing?
The camera used was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.
Initially, I was standing on the Wetlands Overlook, then quickly moved to the boardwalk between the pavement and the Black Bear Overlook.
Have a good one.
Is there a reason the Heron went back into the water to eat the frog?
Although it appears that the heron may have walked back out into the water, in the photo of the bird getting ready to tilt its head back and swallow, it was actually standing at the edge of the water as it finally gulped down the frog. The frog was quite dead at the time with little chance of it wriggling free and swimming away.
This is worthy of National Geographic. Fantastic, Greg!!
There are hundreds of little dramas being played out at any given time in the Wetlands, anyone who cares to witness them can do so, if they have the inclination.
See you in the Wetlands.
How amazing to be able to see this- thanks Greg. What time of day was it?
It was indeed amazing to see. But, there’s always something amazing happening in the Wetlands, you just have to be there to see it. Fortunately, I’m lucky enough to be out there most of the day.
The time was 3:22-3:35 PM.