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Great Blue Heron Eating Gopher

Ardea herodias

Description:

I read that Great Blue Heron's feed on small rodents, but it was incredible to actually see it. There are a lot of gophers in the park--I see their burrow holes all over the grass, I believe the species is Botta's pocket gopher (Thomomys bottae). The heron dunked the gopher in the water several times before swallowing it. Amazing!

Habitat:

Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA.

Notes:

It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge and spears fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Its varied diet can also include insects, snakes, turtles, rodents and small birds. It will also raid goldfish ponds in back yards. www.surfbirds.com

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7 Comments

misako
misako 2 years ago

Thanks Maria, AustinJacobs, and JoshuaAsel!

Austin Jacobs
Austin Jacobs 2 years ago

Awesome sequence. Nice work.

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 2 years ago

nice nice

misako
misako 2 years ago

Thanks Nopayahnah--it was an incredible sight to see!

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

I had no idea they ate rodents either. Great spotting!

misako
misako 2 years ago

Thanks MaryEvans2!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

Nice spotting.

Berkeley, California, USA

Lat: 37.85, Long: -122.30

Spotted on Jan 13, 2012
Submitted on Feb 15, 2012

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