Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Location: Everglades
Photo: © 2003 Jeffrey Berger

Fish are the staple diet of the great blue heron. Watching a great blue swallow a fish can be an adventure in suspense, especially a spiny catfish larger than a heron's throat. Great blues have been known to choke on especially large prey.
Gulp! Ouch! Heimlich, anyone?

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