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Snacking herons.

I was attempting to photograph this great blue heron at Ring's Pond when suddenly he snatched a huge largemouth bass from the water!

Maureen Moore

Cornwall, Orange County

I captured this picture of a great blue heron that stalked and caught a chipmunk in my backyard. I had no idea that a heron would consider chipmunk food.

Vern Jakubowski

Wilton, Saratoga County

Though surprising to many people, herons will eat chipmunks' and other small rodents. The majority of a heron's diet & fish, but it will also eat turtles, snakes, insects, frogs and even other birds, as well as small rodents like voles, chipmunks, mice, etc. This is especially true when herons return in the spring before ice-out.

--Conservationist staff

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Moore, Maureen; Jakubowski, Vern
Publication:New York State Conservationist
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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