Great Blue Herons are basically birds of prey. They love a gopher or two or six. And like Hawks and Owls, they too cough up pellets of indigestible material. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you…
The Park Service has cut down a lot of trees at Crissy Field that were once frequented by hunting hawks. Thankfully the few that remain have still got some hawk attracting properties. The other evening I saw a Red-tailed Hawk bank in the setting sunlight and land to survey the gopher strewn grass below. Above, it leaps into action when it spots something moving in distant taller grasses.
Snowy Egrets can often be seen foraging together in scattered groups but there is inevitably some tension and competition. When an egret decides it has had enough it isn’t shy about showing its displeasure.
A Red-shouldered Hawk relocates to a ledge under an overpass after hunting for rats from the hydrant. Yet another reason to love San Francisco.
This Great Blue Heron looks nonchalant as it swings a gopher into position to swallow it head first.
A Great Blue Heron dips a large gopher into the water to help it go down a bit easier.
A Great Egret with a prize at Crissy Field.
You never know if these encounters are going to be civil or agressive. What followed was surprising in that it went on and on, rather than resolving after a few seconds.