Heron got all of my Koi


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Hey everyone, very upsetting summer for me. My pond is 5 years old now, and this is the first instance of a Heron pillaging my pond. I saw him flying overhead one day, then the next day sitting on top of my neighbors shed, which is about 20 yards from my pond. Soon after that, my beautiful fish began disappearing. I happened to look out the window and saw him sitting right on a ledge overlooking the pond, I ran out and chased him away. At the time, I had 3 of seven koi left along with some comets I had for years. Now those three are gone as well. I would hate to put a net over the pond because it distracts from its beauty, so does anyone have and sure fire tips on how to prevent this from happening again? I've heard about a decoy Heron, but didn't see any reviews. Thanks for any and all input .
 
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You could possibly build a trellis like gazebo over your pond. I think you will still need a fence around the bottom tho as these birds will land and walk right in. Also they will fly over the fence if enough room for their wings. I had to resort to a net finally after trying a lot of other ideas. @brokensword made a nice looking total enclosure for hers. It works to keep bugs and birds out. See below:

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I'm so sorry to hear this! I had one stalking my pond a few days ago and I put the net up asap. But not before I saw him get my biggest fish, darn it! This is a picture of my net set up. It is easy and cheap and does a good job of directing the leaves down to the ground where I can easily blow them away for clean up.
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I wonder if any ponder has ever deliberately made a heron pond, and just kept it stocked with inexpensive feeder fish?
 
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they will still come to your nice pond....................
 

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Agree with everyone else once the heron finds your pond the only truly fool proof method is to put up a net. All the other methods, ie decoy, scarecrow, noise makers, shiny moving objects, they will eventually figure them out.

There are ways to make the net less obtrusive, ie use a black wide weave net, string it up high on cables so it can be moved like a curtain. This way when you are out there you can move the net out of the way and enjoy the pond without looking through a net.

Pics of the pond will give everyone some ideas on what to suggest be it a net or a screened in structure like brokenswords.
 
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I'm so sorry to hear this! I had one stalking my pond a few days ago and I put the net up asap. But not before I saw him get my biggest fish, darn it! This is a picture of my net set up. It is easy and cheap and does a good job of directing the leaves down to the ground where I can easily blow them away for clean up.
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I'll probably have to consider doing this
 

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I wonder if any ponder has ever deliberately made a heron pond, and just kept it stocked with inexpensive feeder fish?
Newsflash!!! Just in!!! There HAS been a pond built for just this reason!!! Check it out!!! Tried to slide one by us, didn'tcha @GBBUDD ???? :p:p:p

Looks like you got some heron fatboys, there, GB!! Don't have to worry about your catfish anymore, hey?


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You trying to curse me @brokensword !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll slice your enclosure. Naa your fish did not harm ill just have to break your fingers so you can't photo shop any more
 
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If your area around the pond is wide open then covering with a net is close to the only option . But if it's some what in a tight area removing the flight patch for the birds to fly away yes away then you may not need to cover the pond osprey eagles even herons can fly into a tight area but not one can fly out vertical they need a long flight patch to get to flight and they know it so they will not go into an area as described.
 
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I wonder if any ponder has ever deliberately made a heron pond, and just kept it stocked with inexpensive feeder fish?
I didn't mean to suggest making a heron pond as a way to lure herons away from another pond. I just wondered if a ponder/birder ever built a pond to use as a kind of birdfeeder.
 

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@Marck we like to change things up a bit now and then, live on the sunny side of life :smuggrin:
I bet there are people out there who do have this kind of set up but I think they might go broke replenishing fish for them every day.
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I look at this way......a pond with fish is a beautiful thing....a net a bit unsightly.......a pond without fish, less beautiful.

I use a wide weave net...between that and my winter cover, my pond is covered 24/7 365 days a year.
 
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@Marck we like to change things up a bit now and then, live on the sunny side of life :smuggrin:
I bet there are people out there who do have this kind of set up but I think they might go broke replenishing fish for them every day.
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Perhaps, though feeder goldfish are inexpensive. I suppose one could just buy fish occasionally too.
Of course, some ponds are large, deep, and /or covered enough maintain a breeding population despite predation. I'm not talking about expensive showy fish, of course. Native species would probably be best.
 

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