Yummy fish for breakfast

I was walking down Marsh Rabbit Run trail at Circle B Bar Reserve recently when I saw this great blue heron walking in front of me with a big fish.

I froze thinking he would take off but he just stopped and played with his snack for a while. I’m not sure if he was waiting for the fish to stop wiggling or he was just trying to get a good angle to swallow it. He jumped down into the water right before he swallowed it but he got it down whole.

5 thoughts on “Yummy fish for breakfast

  1. Terrific series!

    That’s an armored catfish. The heron has to make sure the fish is dead before he swallows it so the spines will lay flat and not remain erect, which would cause damage.

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