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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias


After hearing upon a Great Blue Heron nest, me and may son decided to head out and investigate. We were in for a treat, as each adult fed nonstop, spearing, flipping... tossing goldfish left and right. Sometimes the adult would fly to the nest after catching one fish, sometimes after 2 or 3. We had to have been within 10 feet of this particular adult. Right place, right time...

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago


super spotting,congats and thanks for sharing

MatthewCollison 9 years ago

I think they do stock that pond... Greenfield Park in West Allis. Thanks for the very kind comments everyone.

Yasser 9 years ago

Incredible photos Matthew! Welcome to the community.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

I am curious about the Goldfish, were they dumped there or are they regularly seen in Wisconson Lakes?

MatthewCollison 9 years ago

Thank you, Argy. Yes, I know Bill... haven't talked with or shot with him in awhile, however. Bad health on my end. He helped me locate the Least Bittern this past summer... what a great find. He's a top notch photography and a gentlemen as well. I enjoy shooting with him, as he is as passionate about the wild as I am.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Magnificent scene Matthew. I believe you know a popular member in here - WilliefromWI :) ?

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West Allis, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on Oct 26, 2012

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