Photographers captured the incredible moment when the Great Blue Heron devoured a freshly caught New York City rat in Central Park Pond this morning.
This image shows a Magnificent Bird of Paradise (a very unfortunate rat) having breakfast still united, with its legs helplessly hanging outside the heron’s beak.
David Barrett, who took the picture, is an avid birdwatcher and photographer.
He said Independent: “As I approached the eastern side of the Central Park pond (near 60th and 5th Avenues), I noticed that the Great Blue Heron was eating something and immediately took a picture. In a few seconds, the bird was a rat. Swallowed. “
Barrett runs a popular Twitter account Manhattan Bird Alert, Bird lovers exchange information about rare and interesting sightings in the autonomous region and share nature photos.
He posted a snap this morning with the caption, “The Great Blue Heron eats a lot of fish, but this morning it doesn’t overtake the plump New York City rat in the Central Park pond.”
He later added a video footage of the meal, showing that the heron swallowed the whole mouse with just a few speedy lumps. Barrett wrote: “The Great Blue Heron took only a few seconds to pull the killed rat out of the water and swallow it.”
The image quickly spread on Twitter, and observers commented that mice were the preferred treat for urban herons on both sides of the pond.
All herons Post “It’s a fulfilling meal! Urban Heron loves delicious urban rats. Herons seem to eat a lot in London’s parks … Perhaps mice are on the edge of the water where they spend most of their time. I’m running around. “
Another user, NAPNYC Earlier this week, I posted a snap of a rodent-eating heron at Central Park, captioning, “Today, the Great Blue Heron was having lunch at #CentralParkLoch.”
Twitter user Grace Answered: “Incredible photo. Beautiful. Beautiful heron. Beautiful mouse. Stunning.”