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Sometimes You Gets the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets You

Erm, make that ‘great blue heron,’ not ‘bear.’


Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts. When last we saw this female heron, her prey was a hapless chipmunk.

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Catch Me If You Can


Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts. These two herons are a year apart in age, and share the same parents and nest. 144 more words


What's for Lunch? Hint - Great Blue Heron 1, Chipmunk 0

Never eat anything with a face?

Does that apply to great blue herons, too?

“And the great blue herons? They’re a study in Patience and Grace.” I’ve often said that.

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Thus Spake Yoda

    Do, or do not. There is no try.

    Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

    I blame it on the beaver lodge.

    No, that’s not right.

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Cracking the shell—another technique

If I want to eat a lobster, I need lots of tools (and a bib). This Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at my local marsh had to try a different technique and seemed to be trying to crack the crayfish’s shell with its bill (or was hoping the crayfish would simply crawl down its throat). 9 more words


Cracking the shell

Getting to the tastiest parts of crabs and lobsters is an awful lot of work, even when you have the proper implements.  Imagine how tough it was for this Great Blue Heron ( 108 more words


Peaceable Co-existence

Ignoring the terrified woman’s sobs, the mute swan relentlessly went at their pedal boat, and chased the two women completely off the water.

“I am never, ever going out on this lake again!” she shrieked between sobs, as they beached the two-man boat.

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