Unsettling experience with this Little Blue Heron yesterday. I was walking along one of the bayous I visit and saw him beside the bank up ahead. (first photo) When I got fairly close he flew, or tried to, but only went a few feet in the air and plopped down in the water. Strange. I got closer and he kept doing the same thing, fly, plop, fly, plop. Then I saw the piece of monofilament fishing line coming from his leg to the limb he was standing on.
He’s in big trouble, no telling how long he’s been struggling and there are plenty of gators in this water. I got no gloves, nothing to protect myself from him if I try to untie the line, but he may not last another 20 minutes if I don’t do something now. So I found a long stick and snagged the line and started reeling him up the bank of the bayou. Of course he started freaking out and during the ruckus managed to get a wing caught up in the line too. I was afraid if I put too much pressure on the line it would cut into the muscle so I just cut it loose from the limb it was snagged on. You can see it hanging down between his legs in the last photo.
When he realized he was free he hopped up onto a higher limb, (last photo) and stood there for a long time. I figured he must be exhausted. He finally flew off. I hate that I couldn’t get that line off him but I guess I did the best I could given the circumstances. :(
Mandarin Duck - the first time I saw this duck it was magical.
I’m scared, Spock.
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