WELL Mr Heron came back!


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I have removed some ever greens they were in the way and always stuck me, irritated my skin. I turned off the pond, which shuts down a water fall that comes from the 1000 gallon pond to the big pond. And Mr Heron found the one path into the pond and enjoyed a good snack. My yorkies went crazy barking at, it flew away came back about 5 minutes later. Flew as I tried to snatch a few pictures of it sitting on our dead maple tree.

It will be BACK! I now need to go down and put up another piece of netting.

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Wow. Action shot right in front of the camera. I wouldn't think you'd have too much of a problem with herons since your pond is deep with pretty steep sides, but I guess if the fish hang out at the edge, they're going to be eaten.
 

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I wish, before I put up the net they were here every day. Fish are crazy, the heron walks into the shallow walk out end, they come running to eat what gets stirred up and get eaten.

That fish was hanging out on the bog wall shelf, got a lot of plants there, around 18 inches deep or so.
 
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Great shots @addy1 ! And special thanks to the heron for dining right in front of the camera so we could all admire his prowess as a hunter! Right down the old gullet with that fish - nice sized one, too!
 
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He came back x 3 finally gave up to the barking yorkie................they could see it out of the window and went crazy.
 
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Those yorkies are lion hearted...Not scared of a thing...Same with frenchies...
Love the pics and video of the heron. They have to be the most patient animal on the planet.
I was able to watch two storks today. Really cool birds....
 

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That didn't look like and shubunkin
I have throw backs. Some of the fish are staying black/gray with a golden tone. A little school of them. You will probably end up with them also.

A lot of them have the long flowing tails that a lot of my shubbies have. I guess to keep the pond "pure" I would need to catch and purge. Nope they get to join the crowd.
 

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I have nothing but shubunkin colored fan tails, they, so far, have had one pure white baby, one subie color, one gray and white, one white.
 
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I have throw backs. Some of the fish are staying black/gray with a golden tone. A little school of them. You will probably end up with them also.

A lot of them have the long flowing tails that a lot of my shubbies have. I guess to keep the pond "pure" I would need to catch and purge. Nope they get to join the crowd.
I have those too; and some interesting half-breeds from shubunkin/comet/sarassa hook-ups. Got a couple that look more like koi with white base and black+orange spots/blotches. Haven't seen any shubunkins ever go white--I figure my white ones are from original white sarassas.

I actually like the long finned bronze/dark ones; they show up nicely when swimming with the herd of orange and whites. Gives more texture to the pond. And when I had a long finned black koi (didn't make it; lost him the first month last spring), I'd always get confused by the long finned bronze gf and had to look hard to see if it wasn't actually the koi (a karasu, in this case).

I am surprised you didn't lose a more colorful one to the heron and it got one of your most camoflauged versions! Wrong place wrong time and no doubt, the water being cooler slowed it down.

Did you get the 'hole' fixed so no heron outbreaks continue to happen???

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I have removed some ever greens they were in the way and always stuck me, irritated my skin. I turned off the pond, which shuts down a water fall that comes from the 1000 gallon pond to the big pond. And Mr Heron found the one path into the pond and enjoyed a good snack. My yorkies went crazy barking at, it flew away came back about 5 minutes later. Flew as I tried to snatch a few pictures of it sitting on our dead maple tree.

It will be BACK! I now need to go down and put up another piece of netting.

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Poor fishy’s. Hopefully you’ll fix the problem soon
 

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I am surprised you didn't lose a more colorful one to the heron and it got one of your most camoflauged versions! Wrong place wrong time and no doubt, the water being cooler slowed it down.

Did you get the 'hole' fixed so no heron outbreaks continue to happen???
If you watch the heron, when it is on the far side of the pond you see it alert and look over. Then it slowly stalks over to the other edge and snatches the fish.

Yep area is fixed, I had to loosen the net to drop it lower. Never thought about the fact the bushes were gone would make a nice heron path. We have not seen one here in years. They fly over but never stop.

Fixed it about 3 hours after the heron made its visit. We were gone all day today moving our old boat to a new slip, going to check the cams see if it did come back.
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Never thought about the fact the bushes were gone would make a nice heron path. We have not seen one here in years. They fly over but never stop.

It's like military response testing. All the adversarial world powers are constantly tip-toeing into each others territories to test defenses and response times. The herons have been watching all along. They saw a bush disappear and instantly knew it was time to strike!
 
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After changing the dynamics of my Pond this year, making it larger, I attracted the attention of two Herons.
I was hit twice in two days but thankfully lost only two fish because I was able to chase them away.

An old Pond Keeper from my Village gave me a solution that is virtually cost free and to date no Herons have returned to attack.

Hang anything Silver, from Spanners to CD's... Using strong fishing line, in as visible a colour as possible, secured from Canes at specific points around your pond or in running lengths from Cane to Cane hang anything Silver so that they dangle down and are free moving...

To date, since hanging, I have had no further intrusions and although they do return they just sit on my roof before flying off.
 
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Sorry for your loss! That was a beautiful fish...but you've got to admire that bird, clever devil.

Does your camera take stills and video simultaneously or are there two cams overlooking the pond?
 

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Sorry for your loss! That was a beautiful fish...but you've got to admire that bird, clever devil.

Does your camera take stills and video simultaneously or are there two cams overlooking the pond?
I have three cameras watching the pond, from different angles and sides. The cams do stills but also video. I play back the video and pause to catch the shot I want. The cam stills are not always what I want.

Actually 4 cams, but one is at a distance.
Hang anything Silver, from Spanners to CD's..
Maybe the next time the net wears out I will try that. It is brand new. And works well not real intrusive to the eye.

They do that in ponds near airports in Florida, a lot of hanging stuff, to keep the ducks, geese, herons, egrets out of the water.
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To date, since hanging, I have had no further intrusions and although they do return they just sit on my roof before flying off.

I hope this continues to work for you. My experience with the herons is that "sit on the roof" time is them scoping things out, learning about what they see. Eventually they figure it out and are unfazed. Maybe it you move it around a bit now and again, you can keep them guessing.
 

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