TBT - going back to one of my favorite birds - Peg the one legged Great Blue Heron and her affinity for eating Stingrays (thought it was a one time special but then watched her eat five of them consecutively!). Fortunately I spotted Peg a few times late Spring this year so I know she is still doing well and still top bird at her particular spot! Most birds are usual suspects, staying within their territory year after year like the ones at my local park!! Have a great day everyone!!!
🐦The primary food for great blue heron is small fish, though it is also known to opportunistically feed on a wide range of shrimp, crabs, aquatic insects, rodents, and other small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Primary prey is variable based on availability and abundance.
🐦Herons locate their food by sight and usually swallow it whole. They have been known to choke on prey that is too large.It is generally a solitary feeder. Individuals usually forage while standing in water, but also feed in fields or drop from the air, or a perch.
🐦As large wading birds, great blue herons are capable of feeding in deeper waters, thus are able to harvest from niche areas not open to most other heron species. Typically, the great blue heron feeds in shallow waters, usually less than 50 cm (20 in) deep,or at the water's edge during both the night and the day, but especially around dawn and dusk. The most commonly employed hunting technique of the species is wading slowly with its long legs through shallow water and quickly spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Although usually ponderous in movements, the great blue heron is adaptable in its fishing methods. Feeding behaviors variably have consisted of standing in one place, probing, pecking, walking at slow speeds, moving quickly, flying short distances and alighting, hovering over water and picking up prey, diving headfirst into the water, alighting on water feet-first, jumping from perches feet-first, and swimming or floating on the surface of the water.(Wikipedia)