Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron Catching Fish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 14, 2016
I checked out Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County this morning to see what was happening. Surprisingly the park seems to always have something happening with birds. There have been a couple of juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons hanging around. Today when I was present one of the Black-crowned Night-Herons gave nice views fishing and catching some fish too. When I was present one ate 3 fish, 2 larger bullheads and 1 smaller minnow size. Another juvenile sat up in a tree farther away and rested while I was there. It was a beautiful morning out with mild temps and mostly sunny skies. Images were taken on August 14, 2016.
Binomial name: Nycticorax nycticorax
Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies
Size: 25” long, 44” wing span
Weight: 1.9 lb
Catches 1st Bullhead and moves onto shore
Works on killing the Bullhead
Lays it on the shore then stabs it
Still working on killing the Bullhead
Ready to swallow this fish
Swallowed the fish but did not change positions, but you can see the neck size has increased
Leaf in mouth
Eats the minnow size fish
Catches Bullhead #2
Still killing Bullhead #2
Fishing off shore…
Serious fishing off the log
Next is the big catch!
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Man alive! You get them all! : ) Cool!
Amazing how herons get down fish that are “too big”. They have to fool around a while though, then down it goes.