The Beauty of it All

Black Herons


Natural Selection January 28

These African waterbirds, the Black Herons, have an unique and dastardly predation tactic called canopy feeding.

They hunch over and form their wings into a circular makeshift umbrella over the water. This blocks out the sunlight and creates a small area of darkness underneath.

In addition to helping the bird see what’s going on in the murk, surrounding fish are lulled into a false sense of securityby making them think that either night has fallen or the shady area is a safe refuge. It’s neither. When a gullible fish then proceeds to poke its head out from its hiding place to investigate, it’s curtains by way of a brutal beak stab.


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