Maybe not , it's a flippin Heron oikin' out my fish (again), this time managed to dissuade it with a maggapault full of peanuts (which was appreciated by the jackdaws), but not before it had pulled out a ~15 years old large golden rudd onto the ground, which I had to gently return to the pond, it was in a bit of a panicked state, hope it will recover quickly...
Anyway, sort of topical images, with the snow & all
They are plastic and float on the surface of the water, so the herons aren't supposed to pull the fish out through them. Some people only put them around the perimeters of the pond, rather than covering the whole of it. If the heron's regular ponds or lakes become frozen over it will be back, now it knows where there is food.
Good photos, though- and I hope your fish will be ok!
Personally I think it is a losing battle. We had a pond when living in London. Behind the wall was a pavement and main road, which did not deter the Heron. The pond was netted, but the Heron would yank and pull at the netting and yank up a side so it could get it's head under the netting. I kept expecting it to get itself trapped. We gave up on having carp (they kept being stolen by humans) and just had goldfish - think the Heron might have been disappointed with the smaller fish.
Thought that was a plastic heron-scarer for a minute, before I realised it was a real heron Helen, Humans stealing your carp, sounds a bit un-sociable, maybe you should have invested in a human-scarer
Think I don't want 'clutter' on top of my pond rowanberry, thanks for the idea though , I think those would work on a smaller pond. Almost all the time I don't *think* the Heron succeeds (most of the fish are way too big) & usually they seem aware/wary of the heron I reckon, but I'm not there most of the day, so if I did lose any sick/old fish I won't know the cause (or might be un-aware until later).
Thanks Tringa - I was determined to get a shot, while (briefly) observing to see if the heron actually managed to catch anything, makes me wonder how many visits I get (that I don't see), but I don't seems to lose any fish (as far as I know), so I'm thinking it's a difficult catch situation for the heron.
btw the 'oikin out my fish (again)' in my original post was about the heron trying, rather than actually me losing any fish...
We have wire mesh fencing close to the edge of the pond, to keep neighbourhood cats from killing the frogs- the heron has landed in our garden once or twice, but can't 'fish' over the top of the fencing (it's about 2 feet tall).
It looks as though you had garden fencing around your pond too, Helen- although it didn't seem to deter your bird! (is it perched on the fence, or is he standing in a plant pot?)