Heron vs. Goosander – Day 29 0f 30 Days Wild

Day 29 of 30 Days Wild is about my most recent walk down by the River Don, in particular about the little interaction I saw.

I am so lucky to live so close to a river where I can regularly see Swans and Herons. Here are some pictures from my latest visit.

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There are loads of wildflowers down by the river to encourage pollinators.
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A Heronry based in woodlands next to the river means there are always Herons out fishing for their dinner.
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Buzzards can often be spotted across the water flying over the fields and long grass looking for their next prey.

I was also lucky to see a Goosander on the water with a young family. I stood and watched them for a while swimming up stream and diving to find food.

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I then noticed that the Goosanders were swimming closer and closer to a Heron.

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Now I wouldn’t have normally thought this would be an issue, however I did recently learn that Herons will eat chicks. So I stood poised with my camera to see what would happen next…

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The Goosander spotted the Heron and I’m sure the Heron saw them too. She approached with caution, the chicks most likely oblivious to the potential predator.

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It then kicked off…the Goosander squawked at the Heron, spooked, the Heron flew off down stream.

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Good work from mummy Goosander another risk averted at the River Don!

Camilla – Erika x

 

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