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Green Heron Water Connection

With a diet consisting mostly of fish, the Green Heron has developed a variety of special angling techniques:

The Green Heron often crouches along the marsh or pond margin, its neck drawn in, waiting for prey to swim by. With an explosive dart of its head and neck, the bird grabs its prey.

The Green Heron is one of the few birds that use bait to attract fish. The bird drops such things as insects, twigs or feathers onto the water, then waits to snatch any fish that might approach the bait. Green Herons also have been seen to carry and reposition their floating lures, even trimming twigs to smaller sizes for use as bait. next page >>

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