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Re: Bird behavior, vision

At 07:35 2007-02-13, Donna Braginetz wrote:

Go here for a series of amazing photos of a heron capturing a gopher.
I'm not accustomed to seeing herons hunt rodents, much less rodents of
unusual size! Also, check out the way the prey has been speared .

I agree that a gopher is a rather large prey for a Ardea herodias. However it's very close european relative Ardea cinerea will happily eat just about anything it can kill and swallow. Mammalian prey includes mice, water-voles (which are largish, up to ca 200 mm), field-voles, water-shrews and even moles! They can be really serious predators on Little Grebes.

Tommy Tyrberg