Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
16 November 2013
Great Blue Heron is a hardy species, with many birds remaining with us right up until the water freezes and they can no longer find food. They are opportunistic feeders too. While they prey primarily on fish, frogs and other vertebrate wetland species, they will take pretty much anything, given the chance. I have seen herons capture and eat snakes, and I once saw one seize a chipmunk. Curiously it then vigorously swished the chipmunk around in the water, possibly to wet it down for ease of eating, and swallowed it in one gulp.