Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired,” zoologist, photographer, and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 53 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published on the 7th and 21st of each month, features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and beyond.
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Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
At one of Merida’s parks, Parque Ecologico del Poniente, residents and visitors can enjoy walking the upper and lower trails. By the way, expats call it Eco Park, while the locals named it, Parque Hundido, the sunken park, because of the lower level. This former rock quarry offers a fish pond on the lower path for those who want to meander its shores. Visitors cannot fish or swim there, but this Great Blue Heron didn’t obey the sign.
At first, it seemed the heron planned to spear the turtle. Somehow the turtle knew it wasn’t on the menu. Instead the heron readied to launch, grab, and plunge.
SUCCESS! This four foot high stealth stalker grabbed the small fish in its bill and plunged into the water belly high. It wasn’t a ballet high nor Bali High, however. Maybe this tall bird felt uncomfortable in that depth of water and waded back to its table rock. (Luckily, this fish pond lacked the native Morelet’s Crocodiles, the more or less friendly crocs.)
On solid “ground”, the heron rearranged the fish to swallow it head first. After its meal, the heron skipped to the top of the rock to rest for a bit. Although I didn’t include the turtle in all of the photos, it seemed to watch the heron during each one of the meal maneuvers. Both appeared to gaze in the same direction after the heron ate. Maybe it was eat, prey, love.
GO OUTDOORS WITH A FRIEND TO PLUNGE INTO NATURE’S WONDERS.
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