I woke up sunday morning, looked out my window, to see a what i believe to be a blue heron, standing in my half whisky barrel pond w/ a goldfish tail sticking out of it's beak.
This little bugger has obviously acclimated to hunting near houses and ornamental ponds for easy prey. I say this, because, we have a 400,000 gallon stock tank loaded w/ bluegill and white bass on our property. the whiskey barrel was on a porch, and completely overgrown w/ tropical water lillies.
so, out of 4 show quality goldfish (an initial investment value of about 120$, each fish was now worth about that much all on their own).
That bird is lucky he has wings and better never show himself on our ranch again... or there will be heron on the table for dinner.