[Tweeters] Link to Great Blue Heron swallowing a Common Moorhen

Dennis Rockwell dennisrockwell at dwwireless.net
Tue Oct 27 17:48:23 PDT 2009


Some years ago Birdwatcher's Digest published a set of photos of a GBHE subduing & swallowing a 12 inch alligator.

Dennis Rockwell
Kennewick, WA
dennisrockwell at dwwireless.net

----- Original Message -----
From: travelGirl
To: Vicki Biltz ; tweeters
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Link to Great Blue Heron swallowing a Common Moorhen


i have to say that's about as strange as anything i've seen entering a GBHE's mouth, though the photo here has to come close: http://www.flickr.com/photos/parkgallery/3862874420/in/set-72157618183848099/ ... I did watch the end of this battle, and while the salmon lost its life, the heron simply lost the meal...

00 caren
http://RealistAtLarge.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/parkgallery/sets/72157617749881047/show/
George Davis Creek, North Fork
----- Original Message -----
From: Vicki Biltz
To: tweeters
Sent: 2009 October 27, Tuesday 13:09
Subject: [Tweeters] Link to Great Blue Heron swallowing a Common Moorhen


Hi,
My digiscoping buddy Tara, in Florida sent me this posting that she took this summer. The Moorhen was sucessful in raising her brood, but she came to a rather odd end to her breeding season......she is done for!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37995564@N05/4047832081/in/set-72157622524719279/

It is amazing to me, the ways of the natural world. I remember the time I watched a Great Blue spend 30 minutes trying to make a Bullhead Catfish (that is what we call them in Kansas, there are several different kinds of catfish there) dead enough to swallow. Its fins were locked upright and straight out; and the fish did not relent to death in that time period. The Great Blue kept whacking the poor fish on a large rock! Over and over, and would try to swallow in a different position.
My dad grew weary of waiting for me to watch the end of the story, so I had to leave. If the Great Blue swallowed this thing too soon, it would have been the end of both of them. I can only guess how that situation ended.

Vicki Biltz
Bonney Lake, Wa
vickibiltz at msn.com
http://www.sawwhetsnew.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/saw-whets_new/





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