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    Thread: Worst nightmare- heron!

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      Worst nightmare- heron!

      I remember reading pickerelís post about a heron eating all his fish. Well, this morning I looked out the kitchen glass door and saw a big white bird flying low away from our backyard! I looked in the pond with a sigh of relief as I saw our 2 big koi on the bottom. Then I noticed all 7 of the smaller koi gone!
      Uugh, feel sick to my stomach! Iíve never seen herons around here and never thought this would happen. Everything was going so well since I completed this pond.
      We rented a place years ago which isnít very far from here and it had a pond but I never lost any fish then and never ran into any problems with predators. How unfortunate that one has found its way here.
      Iím getting a net to out over the pond.
      Good thing I rehomed the turtles just the other day as I think theyíre on the menu as well!

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      Sorry about your loss of fish.

      Is there a chance your smaller ones are hiding?

      Seems like as long as you have koi and ponds it is a continuous learning curve. For me it seems like something occurs that I have not had or had happen before as time goes on.
      Nancy



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      You’re right! I found 5 of them hidden very well under some logs I placed on the side! I used my long net just to check if there were any under there and they came swimming out. I just ordered a net and and motion activated sprayer.
      I’ll be guarding the area in the morning to further discourage the heron from coming back.

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      I haven't lost a fish in about 6 years now. I use a net, motion activated sprayer and some spin wheels. I use the silver shiny ones that reflect light all around while spinning.

      I am glad to hear you found 5 of the 7 small ones. I hope the other two are hiding somewhere too.
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      I set up a camera and saw that it was a big white egret, which is also considered a heron, I believe! Beautiful bird!
      Laggy wifi did not inform me sooner of its presence or I couldíve scared it off! I just installed the motion sprinkler today so weíll see how effective it is come tomorrow. He came and left around the same time both days. I shall lie in wait for him to hopefully scare the bejeezus out of him should the sprinkler not be enough to deter him.
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      He will come back everyday for sure.
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      Quote Originally Posted by gray cat View Post
      He will come back everyday for sure.
      I’ll be putting the net tomorrow. I’m planning to hide under the tarp by the patio as that’s where he likes to hang out.
      Then I will run at him with a large stick in hand!

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      I'm sorry for your situation. The heron that ate my fish lives in the 15 acre pond in our back yard. We see him out there fishing just about every day. He seems pretty smart because he hasn't been back to my goldfish pond since I unloaded my shotgun on him. I keep it ready to do it again if he forgets.

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      Thatís great news!
      I waited and waited but he didnít come today. Maybe he sensed it was going to rain. Yesterday the smaller koi were hiding in a good spot behind some logs even I couldnít find them.
      I do not have a shotgun but Iím hoping me charging out with a stick and shouting expletives at him would have the same effect and scare him off for good.

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      I'm sorry for your situation. The heron that ate my fish lives in the 15 acre pond in our back yard. We see him out there fishing just about every day. He seems pretty smart because he hasn't been back to my goldfish pond since I unloaded my shotgun on him. I keep it ready to do it again if he forgets.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Subersibo View Post
      I’ll be putting the net tomorrow. I’m planning to hide under the tarp by the patio as that’s where he likes to hang out.
      Then I will run at him with a large stick in hand!
      I feel a viral video happening...
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      Quote Originally Posted by Subersibo View Post
      I’ll be putting the net tomorrow. I’m planning to hide under the tarp by the patio as that’s where he likes to hang out.
      Then I will run at him with a large stick in hand!
      Make sure the net is high enough above the pond that he can't stand on it and still stab the birds with his beak. They still will stab the fish and try to pull it through the net. Once your net is on, your problem will be solved.
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      Quote Originally Posted by icu2 View Post
      I feel a viral video happening...
      Would love to see that ��

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      How many people repeatedly tried to play the photo of the heron?

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      The best method is to eliminate the pest. Traps work. Check out YouTube. If you do not live in a confined area then a 12 ga. Is perfect.

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      Having experienced heron, I can tell you they are not the worst nightmare...KHV is. And from what I understand otters are the worst predator by far.
      And since I do not have any koi under 2ft I have encouraged a large white heron type to feed on the cichlids and mollies in my "koi" pond. The only negative is that it makes Great Blue Herons feel inclined to drop in... Those can manage a 2ft koi no problem.
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      Unfortunately they are protected so can’t trap or harm them.
      Darn bird already had his $80 sushi buffet.
      I read about an elderly gentleman who ripped a heron open to save a duckling that it swallowed. He got arrested I think.
      The egret hadn’t come over the last two days. Maybe because of the rain. I was all ready for him as he had the habit of coming at the same time but he never showed.
      I placed a camera outside which sends me notifications if there is any motion and he came over this morning at a later time. I slowly moved the curtain from the kitchen and he spotted me so fast and flew away.
      I’m wondering if a mannequin would be more effective than a heron decoy. I also read that great horned owls attacks herons sometimes so I got me a fake one. We’ll see how it goes.
      I will lie in wait outside tomorrow morning large stick in hand.


      Quote Originally Posted by Ktap191@comcast.net View Post
      The best method is to eliminate the pest. Traps work. Check out YouTube. If you do not live in a confined area then a 12 ga. Is perfect.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Subersibo View Post
      Unfortunately they are protected so canít trap or harm them.
      I read on here somewhere that it's only illegal if you get caught.
      Do what you gotta do.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Subersibo View Post
      Unfortunately they are protected so canít trap or harm them.
      Darn bird already had his $80 sushi buffet.
      I read about an elderly gentleman who ripped a heron open to save a duckling that it swallowed. He got arrested I think.
      The egret hadnít come over the last two days. Maybe because of the rain. I was all ready for him as he had the habit of coming at the same time but he never showed.
      I placed a camera outside which sends me notifications if there is any motion and he came over this morning at a later time. I slowly moved the curtain from the kitchen and he spotted me so fast and flew away.
      Iím wondering if a mannequin would be more effective than a heron decoy. I also read that great horned owls attacks herons sometimes so I got me a fake one. Weíll see how it goes.
      I will lie in wait outside tomorrow morning large stick in hand.
      I have two life size heron decoys and they would stand right beside of them. I moved them around my pond to different spots too.

      I also have a fake owl that they never paid any attention too.
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