Heron Does Not Live By Fish Alone January 15, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Food & Drink, Nature.
I learned something new today.
Just as “man does not live by bread alone,” Great Blue Heron does not live by fish alone.
Herons also eat rats!
I saw a Great Blue Heron in the lagoon catch, drown, and eat a rat (that seemed far too large to fit down its gullet).
When it started to swallow the rat, whole, I held my breath, wondering whether the bird had bitten off more than it could chew . . . or swallow.
After a few gulps, and sips of water, the hungry heron managed to down the drowned rat without mishap.
Surprised . . . I did a quick cybersearch and found out that others have observed similar fare on the Heron’s menu:
Here’s another from start . . . to finish:
From Wikipedia: The primary food for Great Blue Heron is small fish, though it is also known to feed on a wide range of shrimp, crabs, aquatic insects, rodents and other small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and small birds. Herons locate their food by sight and usually swallow it whole.
Herons have been known to choke on prey that is too large.