Injured Purple Heron: Seven months on

In early November 2007, Dr Chua Ee Kiam reported the presence of a Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with a torn lower jaw. Three months on it was still alive and well. Now, seven months on, Ee Kiam again encountered the heron and report on its efforts at feeding.

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“Managed to photograph the Purple Heron (that was injured in the neck) feeding on a catfish in SBWR on 2nd June 2008. Initially I saw the heron landing on the water edge with the catfish between its beak. It then proceeded deeper to the mangrove forest to bash the fish. After a good 5-7 minutes, it carried the fish to the water edge to wash it (above).

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“It tried to swallow the fish for more than ten times but the fish fell through the throat hole (above). I was quite glad that it finally managed to swallow the fish whole (below). Guess one has to keep trying despite the handicap. Enjoy the images.”

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3 Responses

  1. plasmabstract

    Ouch, that looks painful.
    Poor bird.

  2. Some years ago I spotted an injured Great Blue Heron. Her wing was almost completely broken off – only bones dragging. She not only lived through the year, she raised three young. However, I don’t think she made it through the winter as I didn’t find her the next spring. The winters in Tulsa, OK are a bit harsh for herons, although a few winter over. It probably proved too much for her.

    Photos of her here:
    http://s22.photobucket.com/albums/b346/foovay/injured%20blue%20heron%20-%20NOT%20FOR%20THE%20SQUEAMISH/
    Not for the squeamish

  3. […] earlier post shows an injured Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) catching a catfish in the water and taking it to […]

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