iN PHOTOS: Blackbirds dive bomb heron trying to fish in Vernon pond - InfoNews

Current Conditions

7.6°C

iN PHOTOS: Blackbirds dive bomb heron trying to fish in Vernon pond

A blackbird can be seen dive bombing a heron at Cools pond in Vernon's BX neighbourhood in this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, submitted photo.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Tom Skinner
May 18, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Vernon photographer Tom Skinner jokes that to capture a great bird portrait, you just need to take your own personal red wing blackbirds with you, train them and then let them do their thing.

Skinner captured these outstanding shots of a great blue heron in conflict with red wing blackbirds at Cools Pond in the BX neighbourhood, May 12.

"The (herons) will be fishing in an area where the blackbirds are nesting and usually the blackbirds will dive bomb the herons," Skinner said. "The males like to put on a bit of an aerial show."

Skinner said he's been documenting what he calls "bird wars" for the last couple of years. The birds weren't fighting over a particular fish. The blackbirds are defending their nesting areas as the herons come in and scoop up the potential dinner.

The herons no doubt flew in from their rookery near the Vernon Walmart where they've been nesting each year for over three decades.

A blackbird dive bombs a heron at Cools Pond in the BX.
A blackbird dive bombs a heron at Cools Pond in the BX.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Tom Skinner

A blackbird dive bombs a heron at Cools Pond in the BX.
A blackbird dive bombs a heron at Cools Pond in the BX.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Tom Skinner

To contact a reporter for this story, email Ben Bulmer or call (250) 309-5230 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © iNFOnews, 2020
iNFOnews

  • Popular vernon News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile