[Tweeters] Black-crowned Night Heron pix ... What is thecreature it caught?

jeff gibson gibsondesign at msn.com
Wed Aug 27 16:23:33 PDT 2008


That is (or was) a Northwestern Salamander ( Ambystoma gracile) one of the most common (and large )'pond'-type salamanders we have in the state. It doesn't have a long ridge on the back -rather an indentation along the spine which may not show accurately in the photo. These salamanders have large poison producing glands just behind the eyes, similar to a toad - so don't try eating one yourself! -

Jeff Gibson, Everett wa---- Original Message -----
From: Rob Conway<mailto:robin_birder at hotmail.com>
To: Lyn Topinka<mailto:pointers at pacifier.com> ; tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Cc: obol at oregonbirdwatch.org<mailto:obol at oregonbirdwatch.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 8:03 PM
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Black-crowned Night Heron pix ... What is thecreature it caught?


I am not a herp expert but that is a big salamander this bird has in its beak - and the form is certainly strange (is that a long ridge standing up along the entire length of its back?) Can someone identify the creature for me?

Thanks

Rob

Rob Conway
Preston / Fall City, WA
latitude 47 32' 20" , longitude -121 54' 42"

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> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 07:11:39 -0700
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> CC: obol at oregonbirdwatch.org<mailto:obol at oregonbirdwatch.org>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Black-crowned Night Heron pix ...
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> hi groups ...
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> I stood for 45 minutes yesterday waiting for the Black-crowned Night
> Heron to DO SOMETHING !!! ... and was rewarded with a "big catch" ..
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> http://ridgefieldbirds.com/TheRefuge/Birds/ridgefield_NWR_black-crowned_night_heron.html
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> early morning, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
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> enjoy,
> Lyn
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> Lyn Topinka
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