Hi all: John and I were skirting the shore yesterday here in Vero Beach
(The Moorings) in our small motor boat and counted at least 24 Least Terns
sitting on the tops of dock pilings. Some were in couples; some were
sitting alone. We were happy to see so many. We saw 3 or 4 out near the
Inland Waterway/Indian River last week, the first we had seen.
Looking out the window the other day, we saw a Great Blue Heron slowly
walking across our folded-up bimini to the far side of our 17' boat. He (or
she) leaned his neck way over towards the water (like a Thurber dog, if you
remember those!). He held this position for several minutes, and then, to
my complete surprise, he flew into the water, went completely underwater,
and came up with a 7 or 8 inch fish which he took across the canal to eat.
I had no idea that Great Blue Herons ever did such a thing. It was quite a
sight. I was so amazed and it happened so fast that I forgot to take a
picture, even though the camera was in my hand!!
Vero Beach, FL
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