A Question About Herons

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The gentle sound of trickling water permeates the empty lake bed. The hunter in the pool stills himself. He’s so motionless that he may as well be made from the very stones that surrounds him. Not a ripple betrays his presence in water. I have to wonder if his seemingly catatonic state is as much intense concentration as it is concealment from his prey. Having watched them hunt a few times I’ve noticed that occasionally they seem to be aware of prey that’s not in their line of sight. The few occasions that I’ve witnessed this the bird was standing in the water. We know that a Heron will stand in the water and vibrate one foot to flush out prey but does this work in reverse? Are those legs sensitive enough to the vibration from a minnow’s tail that the Heron can tell where it came from? Or at least what direction? I really don’t know. But sure seems like there’s more going on than a keen eye sometimes.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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