Aquatic Treasure Chest in Tower Grove Park

April 2, 2014

Most of us think of an urban pond, filled with goldfish, as a quaint resting spot to enjoy Nature for a moment during an afternoon walk. Most herons perceive the same pool as an aquatic treasure chest, filled with gold!

Last weekend, at Tower Grove Park, I got a nice feeding demonstration from a “switch catching” great blue heron at just such a goldfish pond. I watched the huge bird grab the squirmy jewels by trapping them between its mandibles, in the conventional way, as well as spearing them as if it were an Anhinga.

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It was fun to watch the heron fishing so deep—up to its chest—but I could tell it had plenty of experience at the location and wasn’t in fear of going for a swim. I was lucky to catch the big heron snatching up its colorful prey because it wasn’t too long after the sun came up that it took flight and never came back. I suppose it preferred to spend its time in the park before most of the visitors arrived. I can relate!

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I’ve included three images from the morning, including examples of each of its prey acquisition techniques and a final shot that simply demonstrates the beauty and “greatness” of the great blue heron.

Thanks for looking,

Danny Brown

Email me at:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

6 comments on “Aquatic Treasure Chest in Tower Grove Park”

  1. This was a beautifully timed catch for both the bird…and you! Thank you for the lovely image. Now we know why gold prices are rising…it’s disappearing fast! I haven’t seen the spearing action of Herons….hope to see this some time.

  2. A more colourful catch adds to the photo – you should thank the heron:)

  3. Great shot Danny, With the contrast of the Gold fish, and that awesome Great Blus Heron. Thanks for sharing.

    Art


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