Friday, January 11, 2013

LA River: Ambush Predator

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 9, 2013.  If you watch the Great Blue Heron hunting in the LA River, you'll notice they stalk slowly through the reeds, craning and curving their neck forward, blending in with the shape of the reeds, standing motionless for quite some time as they await unsuspecting prey. They strike quickly with their sharp beak, eating all fish and small aquatic creatures.  (Click on photo to enlarge)
Learn more about Great Blue Heron: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The other day we walked from Atwater to the Red Car Property via the LA River.  We're reviewing the stuff we saw along the way.