As I strolled to the end of the bird walk at Myakka River State Park last Friday night, I caught a glimpse of a great blue heron with a sizable catfish in its beak. I set up my camera and for ten minutes, I watched this bird play with its pending dinner. It picked up the fish, dunked it in the water, proudly displayed it in its bill, then dropped it back in the muddy water. This happened over and over again. One would think the fish was long dead after enduring so much. Well, not so fast!
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Too bad it was so windy….making it difficult to hear my commentary. After regaining control of the situation, 20 minutes passed…. and that heron still hadn't eaten the fish! Not sure what it was waiting for…but, unfortunately, I lost all daylight. So, I don't actually know if the bird ever enjoyed its sushi dinner. I can only hope so (and hope that fish was put out of its misery).