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 Post subject: Heron & Mergansers
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:32 am 

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Location: Washington State
Columbia River, East Wenatchee, Washington, yesterday morning while walking the dog:

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 Post subject: Re: Heron & Mergansers
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:45 pm 
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Excellent Photo !!!

Thank you for sharing them.


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 Post subject: Re: Heron & Mergansers
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:48 pm 

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They are stately birds as they stand waiting for their prey to dart past them. The strike of the bill is so fast as to be almost unbelievable. I saw them quite often along the Brunette River as I fished that stream in the Lower Mainland. Lovely photo, Guy. It captures the tranquility and anticipation of the scene.

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 Post subject: Re: Heron & Mergansers
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:46 am 

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Thank you.

The more I watch for the heron, the more of them I see, and I am learning more about that impressive bird. It's really something!

Friend of mine related a story of a local hawk and a heron which clashed about who's hunting territory it was. The heron apparently killed the hawk with one swift jab of that beak, right through the hawk's torso!

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He showed me photos he'd taken of their squabbles, and the dead hawk afterwards. I was impressed.

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 Post subject: Re: Heron & Mergansers
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:46 am 
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We see them here particularly in spring and fall, I'm guessing they migrate through here. Pretty impressive bird, they have a loud and raspy call too that can startle the unsuspecting person when you jump them at night with grizzlies all around ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Heron & Mergansers
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:13 am 

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Ha! That would get attention! Yes, they're pretty noisy sometimes. Big too.

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