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Juvenile Grey Heron (Bloureier) basking in the late morning sun
One of the regulars at the camera set at the pond was this Grey Heron (Bloureier). He frequently walked past the camera. He can also frequently be see wading through the water in the background. Something interesting happened at the pond on Sunday afternoon. The heron managed to catch a turtle.
Heron holding a turtle in his mouth
But, lucky for the turtle, the heron did not appear to know what to do with it and it managed to make a hasty retreat.
Turtle scampering for the water and heron looking on, a little confused
I wonder whether a more experienced heron might be able to eat a turtle that size? I'm pretty sure he can't swallow it whole, so I guess he will have to eat it piece by piece somehow...