Ever seen a Blue Heron ?
I am blessed to have a mating pair of bald eagles that visit my farm daily. They like to catch my grain fed catfish down in my small, one acre pond. It might be a small pond but it has a large population of catfish, as I feed them every evening… a bit before dark. Most days I have an eagle sitting in a tree, watching over the pond. It is not unusual for a blue heron to be sitting on the dock, hunting for fish itself… just smaller fish. The eagles seem to take the bigger fish while the blue heron goes for the smaller fish & minnows. The blue heron is an odd looking bird but it is perfectly designed to hunt small fish, especially when wading in shallow water.
Yesterday was no different. As I drove up to the pond to feed fish, an eagle was up in a tree above me and a blue heron was on the dock. That bird has gotten smart lately. It used to fly away but it has learned to come back, as soon as I drive off. Within a few seconds of my driving off, before I can get 50 feet away, it now lands on the dock watching the catfish feed. Soon as they are mostly done, it really perks up to hunt the smaller fish eating the leftover catfish food. I took this video yesterday. It is not the best video in the world and certainly not the best viewing angle, but it still shows what I’m talking about. I just love watching nature.