View Full Version : Heron in the Big City

03-28-2010, 12:15 AM
OK, so Boise isn't that big. As I said in another post, this guy was hanging out at the train depot. Very aware that I was there, ready to flee at a moment's notice, but more tolerant of people than the other herons I've seen. The first couple of pictures are to give a sense of how tolerant.

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The runners are a local track team doing wind sprints up and down the road into the depot. The road leads into the heart of downtown. And the koi pond I mentioned. The water was too murky to get photos of the fish.

03-28-2010, 12:17 AM
Boy, did he know I was there.
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03-28-2010, 12:19 AM
Twice he decided I was close enough and took off.



03-28-2010, 01:33 AM
Cool Dude (the bird)! Aren't Koi ornamental fish that someone would probably prefer were not eaten by a big old blue/grey bird no matter how cool of a bird it was?

03-28-2010, 06:23 AM
Nice capture of the inflight, even with the busy background.
Yes, Koi would be expensive dining for sure, obviously an upper class heron.

03-28-2010, 09:01 AM
this heron has obviously decided that the taste of Koi is worth the risk! these are great captures! thanks.

03-28-2010, 12:06 PM
Very cool set - I'm loving the 2 shots in post 3:highfive:

03-28-2010, 12:17 PM
The last shot is really good. Love the people on the rock. :)

03-28-2010, 02:56 PM
Maybe this heron has a Diner's Club card, to help with his expensive tastes.

They're opportunistic birds. They'll eat anything they can catch and wrestle down their throats. I've seen one beat a snake bloody against a rock. I could hear the crack across the river. I've seen photos of them eating large frogs and ducklings. And as you can see below, a good sized catfish is an easy meal. I actually saw that one fly away with the fish still speared on the beak!

I'm not sure they're very bright. I was standing on a deck next to the river, very lightly screened by leaves. I was quite visible, and he looked my way every time I moved. But I guess he couldn't figure out what I was, so he went back to fishing.

Mad Aussie
03-28-2010, 05:30 PM
Excellent shots. Really like those ones of him posing on the rock! Looks like he's doing a comedy routine :)

03-28-2010, 09:27 PM
So maybe he's got an act at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club?