I was shocked recently to look out the kitchen window and see a tall (4+ ft.?) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in our backyard! Moving very, very slowly, it gradually made its way toward our water feature.
We assume it was looking for a fish dinner. Of the dozen small goldfish we put into the pond six years ago, only two have survived so far. Could this explain what happened to the others?
What a privilege it was to watch this beautiful bird at close range – its long beak, the gold-rimmed eyes, the subtle shading of its feathers. After about ten minutes, it spread its wings and made a graceful exit.
We have since seen both remaining goldfish, and hope the heron had better luck elsewhere.