[Tweeters] Re: Nisqually NWR Green Herons

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 13 19:33:55 PDT 2014

The prey is a larval-stage salamander: note the tadpole-like tail and the small legs, and the body more elongated than a tadpole. At that size, it could very well be the Pacific Giant Salamander, or perhaps Cope's Giant Salamander, a form which remains in larval form all its life.


Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:38:22 -0700l
From: "Teresa Michelsen" <teresa at avocetconsulting.com>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Green Herons
To: "'Tony'" <tvarela at hotmail.com>, <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Very nice photos. Yes, I saw three there the other day as well, all right
out in the open in the morning. Two were smaller and may have been younger
ones, along the boardwalk, while the one near the visitor center looks like
the one you have captured in your (much better than my) photos. I don't know
about the prey though - interested as well.

Teresa Michelsen


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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Tony
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 8:24 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Green Herons

The Green Herons at Nisqually seem unusually abundant and visible this year.
I saw three today near the visitor center and on the Twin Barns boardwalk.
Always a joy to observe.

Anyone have an idea of what the prey is in this shot?


Here's a good example of what I've seen routinely there recently.


- Regards

Tony Varela

South Puget Sound, WA

tvarela at hotmail dot com


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