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Another visitor at the marina

Yesterday it was raining most of the day, so I spent a fair few hours inside the boat. When I looked out the cabin window, I had a new neighbour on the finger peer next to me. So I grabbed the camera and slowly snuck out and around the side of the cabin, so as not to scare him off. he found a spot between the finger peer and the bulk head where there must have been no reflection on the surface of the water. It was drizzeling and I had the wrong lense on the camera, but did not want to move in case I would scare him away.


After about an hour of him sitting in that spot and me getting a bit damp, he found what he was looking for.



He picked that catfish right out between the gap of the peer and bulkhead. Threw it onto the board walk and stabbed it a few times with his beak, then took it over to one of the puddles in the yard, gave it a good rinse.



and down the hatch it went.



that show was well worth getting wet for in my opinion.

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Re: Another visitor at the marina

Lucky you! You were in the right spot at the right time.
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Re: Another visitor at the marina

Well I see thpse guys here every day, but this time he was in the right place at the right time. I just had to sneak up on him.
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You hunted the hunter!
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Re: Another visitor at the marina

It was not such a good day for the catfish, though...
It is a hard struggle for existence all around us, 24/7. I am glad to have things like sailing to take my mind off of it and enjoy the finer things in life...
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Great pics
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Re: Another visitor at the marina

The only time I ever had trouble with a great blue heron was in Marathon Florida. At night, it would perch on the side of my inflatable dink, spear and eat a fish, leaving blood and scales all over the dink, then before leaving, take a poop that looked like someone dumped a bucket of whitewash on the boat. I ran the sucker off every night, but it always returned - just to piss me off.

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Thanks for sharing your intimate encounter with that beautiful Great Blue Heroin!
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Re: Another visitor at the marina

Spectacular critter! Great pictorial story! Thanks for getting wet! I guess the spines don't bother its gut? Yummy!

The brook behind our house is loaded with sea run trout and closed to fishing by humans. It runs through a mixed forest that is very thickly grown. These huge birds fly through those trees somehow and fish the brook. Watching crows navigate that air space amazes me. Then a Great Blue Heron swoops and banks landing on a rock in a space where I have to crouch to watch the fish. Amazing!

Highly evolved, for sure. Beautiful, too.

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Re: Another visitor at the marina

We have a light on the end of our dock that shines down into the water. A heron perches just out of the light at night and catches fish that are drawn to it. Amazing the size of the "puddles" they leave behind.
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