The Chipster Zone

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Water Bird, Madison, AL

Last Saturday morning Madelyn spotted a largish bird walking along the shore of the retaining pond at Dublin Park, after Caralyn's soccer game there.
The "pond" is probably half an acre, maybe less. But this bird was walking along the shore on its orange legs with a dark blue back and clearly hunting in the water. You couldn't tell it had a pretty long neck since it was cocked back, but then it stuck it out and grabbed a small fish and swallowed it. A minute later it grabbed another. We looked it up, identifying it as a Green Heron.

You can see how they hide their neck here:
http://naturestockshots.com/green_heron_hunting_2.htm
This one has his neck extended:
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hillcountry/research/images/Green%20Heron%204.jpg