Catfish hunter…

Along my bike route there’s a blue heron that’s been staking out the canal right by the trail (and away from those appalling Canada Geese).  Over the days he’s (she?) been getting increasingly desensitized to the presence of humans to the point that this morning it barely moved as I rode close enough to almost touch it.  This afternoon, on my way home from work I passed by it and saw it looking into the water intently for a moment and then striking.

It ended up catching a catfish:

I had some difficulty getting good shots given it was late afternoon and the heron was in the deep shadow so I switched to video and the results were much better.  Watch this guy destroy his prey before gulping it down in one motion.

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