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Great Blue Heron with Plecostomas sp 8-20120606 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Great Blue Heron with Plecostomas sp 8-20120606

Hypostomus plecostomus, also known as Algae Eater or "Pleco," is a popular aquarioum fish from South America that has been introduced into Florida waters. They are not poisonlus, though they do have sharp spines that could cause injury if they are handled carelessly. This is the second time I have photographed a Great Blue Heron eating one. I also have a series of photos of a cormorant swallowing a Pleco. Mary Lou spied this heron in the act of spearing its prey on our back yard lawn next to the lake. We do not know how long it had been since it was caught, but these photos span a period of eight minutes. The photos are of poor quality, as I took them from inside the house through the glass of our rear door. View sequence as a slide show here:



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Taken on June 6, 2012