We have been to Green Spring Gardens several times but recently discovered the ponds after I read about them. At the first pond we found a Great Blue Heron and turtles sunning themselves.
The heron was also busy preening itself and we sat down on a bench in a shaded spot. It was very pleasant observing for a while. Last Friday (the 24th) a visit to the garden made for a very pleasant start to the day. We went out early and only encountered a few people. By the time we had finished our walk it had become hotter and we were glad to get back to the car.
But we had enjoyed the company of our fishing heron who caught a hefty breakfast soon after we sat down.
At this point we didn't know it was heading to its fishing spot.
Our heron only moved in slow motion, walking down to the water's edge next to a weeping willow tree.
It didn't take long for him to catch that fish. As quick as a flash the wings went up...
the beak went down...
and up came the fish.
I am not sure what type of fish this is. I read somewhere that the ponds are stocked with carp, but Gregg thinks this looks more like a bass. I am leaning more to the bass. Any experts out there?
We wondered how on earth it was going to enjoy that large meal but it disappeared in a shaded area behind some bushes and trees. When the heron returned there was no fish.
This all happened within the first half hour of our visit. Not long after, our heron moved out of sight and we continued along the path.
I will share more photos of the rest of our walk soon. Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is a great one.