Well the attack happened

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This morning I went out to feed the fish and they were nowhere to be seen. They always greet me for food. I knew something was wrong. I went and reviewed my camera and there it was. The Great Blue Heron. He was there for over 40 minutes. I did lose 2 comet goldfish but the rest managed to hide very well. All the koi are fine. This afternoon they are all recovered and came to me for the feeding. My wife had our dogs go out a bit more today. I do not mind he showed up, just doing what they do but it is to bad for the fish. As long as he was there I was lucky to only lose 2 fish. He did make his way around the pond.

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Wow. 40 minutes and only lose two fish. I am glad that is all you lost. The pictures are great. They are amazing birds.
 
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Wow. 40 minutes and only lose two fish. I am glad that is all you lost. The pictures are great. They are amazing birds.
Fortunately they do have tunnels and the sloped sides helped, the heron was sliding down the sides so he keep using the lily pots to stand on. The depth helped too, he could not reach the fish, however not for the lack of trying. Even the ducks where questioning this behavior :)
 
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You were lucky to get away with less damage done my friend thats for sure

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Love watching them, but after they decided to visit our pond every day rain or shine day after day I gave up.
 

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That macro site is like wow! I need to have time to read and learn ^^ didn't even notice it , thanks robamy for pointing it out
 
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Oh no, I'm so sorry you lost two comet :( The heron is a gorgeous bird and I love to watch them fishing.......but I don't want them fishing in my pond. I only have 4 koi and have grown so attached to them over the years. I think our dogs ( we have 7 ) keep them at bay, but I still worry.

I hope your pond depth and pots will keep your fish safe.
 
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We've seen a heron twice ( who knows how many times it came that we don't know of ) standing on our waterfall. I opened a window and clapped my hands, which did nothing :( I ran downstairs and let all the dogs out, they ran out like banshees and the heron took flight ( which was a beautiful sight) and hasn't returned.....that we know of.

I think the dogs were all surprised when I praised them for acting like idiots !
 
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Oh no!!! I mean, I agree with many of the sentiments here... herons are quite amazing to see, so big and noble. But none of use want them eating our fish. UGH. So sorry you lost 2, but again... glad it was not more. Thanks for sharing the pics, though.
 

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