The Daily Heron Bucket

At 8:59 PDT, a Great Blue Heron glided from a nearby roof into my backyard, next to my gold fish ponds.  Every few minutes there is one less fish.  I never should have named the fish.

The Heron, who we call Billy, has visited every morning this week except one, and it may have just evaded detection that one morn. 

The Heron arrives wet, and its coloring and shading stand out.  Its grey and white neck feathers, when wet, are patterned like a snake.  Sometimes the Heron shakes off some water and the feathers on its head stand up like a little hat.  (not pictured yet)

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Evocative of Magritte.

I removed vegetation from my ponds last year, added fish to one pond and temporary moved fish out of another pond.  I tried to create a setting in which the herons could more easily catch fish and bullfrogs,  and the tiny chorus frogs could mate without getting eaten.  I haven’t seen a bullfrog for months.  The Heron swiftly sussed out where the fish were.

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Remarkably, Two-Tone (center) and Sharky (lower right) has escaped so far.

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The Heron has a routine, fishing in the ponds in a certain order;  first near the far edge of the pond, then by the waterfall, then to the other pond.  After a successful fishing try, the fish are spooked and dive.  The Heron knows this, and moves on to unsuspecting fish.

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/s/ Redwoodman