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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Two nice heron encounters on the cameras this week. As I mentioned in a previous post the bodies of water on our property are getting smaller due to a drier than normal summer. I have one camera on the edge of our wetland and one on our closest pond. Each had heron encounters this week. First the video. Nothing fancy.

Great Blue Heron eating frog
(Seneca Falls, NY 8/12)

But the second camera, the one at the backyard pond produced an amazing predation shot. This is a Great Blue Heron with his lunch. I am not sure if that is a green or bull frog (we have both and those are the only real options here in Central NY for a frog of that size). There were no photos before that one and none after. Did the heron catch the frog and ste forward into the camera? Did it lift its head up and trigger the shutter? As amazing as this photo is, I am left wondering at the specifics of how it was captured...

Original, uncropped:


  1. I like the uncropped picture should submit it to Cuddeback!

    When I first saw this picture, I wasn't sure what species it it a juvy GBH? Or is it just me? It looks less of that slate blue color, and more mottled.

    1. Yes, this is a young bird. FYI, I did submit. Thanks for suggesting that...

  2. Nice blog and amazing capture! That looks like decent-sized frog putting up some fight here! But in the end the bird was able to win the battle and gulp that whole thing down okay really?? It seems like it would have trouble fitting down that long/skinny neck. Also, if actually eaten, does the unlucky prey get swallowed kicking all the way as well?!



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