Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Close Encounters

The event had every appearance of being a breeding display between two great blue herons.  I was mistaken, however, as it turned out to be a fight over fishing territory.  In fact, I have never seen a more serious fight between two herons before or since.   Depending on the time of year, a GBH can be very magnanimous, sharing fishing grounds with other herons or extremely territorial, not allowing another heron anywhere near it's haunt.  In this instance, it turned out to be the latter.

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