apparently, fish tickle when you swallow them
A Green Heron showed up at Azalea Pond in Central Park on Thursday, and spent the day happily fishing. It was a good close look--the bird spent most of its time on a small fallen branch only a few feet from the pond's edge.
It was the smallest Green Heron I've ever seen. They're supposed to be 15-18 inches long, but I think this one was barely a foot. It seemed to be OK, though. Maybe it's just young.
When resting, it looked like it had almost no neck.
But when it got interested in something...
..it would stretch out and get it right quick.
After that, it would swallow the fish and do that ruffled-feathers thing in the top photo.
I watched the heron work for quite a while.
Time well-spent, I think.