[Ontbirds] Great Blue Heron catching Dragonflies
bob.ross3 at sympatico.ca
Sun Jun 28 20:43:16 EDT 2009
On June 25 I was combining fishing and birding from my boat in a quiet
corner of Sturgeon Bay, at about 8:00PM.
A great Blue Heron landed on a low branch of a large pine tree nearby,
about 15 feet off the ground. As I watched it with binoculars I was
amazed to see it start behaving like a flycatcher. Dragonflies were
extremely numerous and flying around everywhere. The Heron started
catching them (on the wing) as they flew around it. I observed it
catch and eat 4 in about 5 minutes.
The Heron seemed to have a little difficulty swallowing them. Perhaps
they don't slide down as easily as a minnow or frog.
Sturgeon Bay is part of Georgian Bay, near Pointe au Baril, which is
40 km north of Parry Sound. Great Blue Herons are very common in the
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