Jul 25

Tricolored Heron Fishing In The Surf

Category: animals,Travel

I didn’t know that these birds ventured into the ocean. That goes to show how an observer’s experiences can prejudice an observation; I’ve simply never spent much time in this kind of environment, so of course I never saw herons fish in the surf. But they know were the fish are! Which is more than I can say, because I wouldn’t have realized that there where so many fish in the 1 or 2 inch turbulent, cloudy water just at the edge of the retreating surf. This week I’ve also seen sharks in this shallow water; they were basically beaching themselves while (presumably) going after the same prey as the heron. The shark would run up on to the sand and wait for the next wave to rescue it. Didn’t get images of that, unfortunately.

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