I was watching the Night Herons at our local bird sanctuary, Reifel, when one flew down from the partially concealed roost. Finally an opportunity to photograph one in the open. These birds are mostly nocturnal and it was 2 o'clock in the afternoon. What was prompting this deviation from "normal" behaviour?
|Heron dropping down from its day roost.|
|It decided it needed to relieve an itch.|
|Then it started hunting.|
|I couldn't tell through the viewfinder what it grabbed but it spit it out.|
|Here is another catch which appears to be a stick.|
|Yes, obviously a stick.|
|Here it nabs a catkin.|
|Yet another stick.|
|It never caught anything to eat during the observation.|
|People saw me photographing the bird and before long a crowd had formed to watch this "unusual" behaviour. We couldn't quite make out what it was catching. Some suggestions were leeches, sticklebacks and Caddis Fly larvae.|
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