|Dino-bird of death on Johnson Beach.|
Eventually, our predator found a fish in ankle-deep water and skewered it with his beak, then tried to swallow it whole, but he wasn't able to get it to go down his long, skinny neck.
So what did he do next?
He carried the fish to a sandy spot near a dune, leaned his long neck back, and stabbed the flopping fish to death, using his sharp beak as a dagger.
Next, he carried the dead fish to the water, rinsed it off, and gulped it down. As he walked away, the tail of his victim could be seen sticking out of the side of his mouth.
I wish I'd gotten video of the event, but we were all too busy watching him attack the fish with our mouths wide open.
Seriously, this guy was like a modern day Velociraptor, and we totally understood the whole bird-dino link after that.
|This was his footprint. Bigger than my hand! Jurassic indeed!|
Now we didn't take this video below, but it's quite similar to what we witnessed, except our Blue Heron stabbed the prey more than one time and was a bit more brutal.
Be patient. You gotta wait for it! This dude's a serious hunter, and he's quick when he strikes! Got any fun vacation stories to share? Witness any of the thrilling natural world on your travels? Send them my way! Happy summer everyone.