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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2012
A short video of a Great Horned Owl attacking a male Great Blue Heron while he broods four young in the pre-dawn darkness on April 30, 2012. The sound you hear is the heron reacting to the attacks.
The footage was captured by a live-streaming cam that can film even in low light conditions above the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Sapsucker Woods Pond in Ithaca, New York. The "Lost Signal" message appears to be related to the scuffling in the nest.
The male heron survived without noticeable injury, and all four chicks were present and healthy-looking at first light. The cam provides a 24/7 view of the lives of these wild birds during the nesting season, including challenges from predators. Although Great Horned Owls have been known to take Great Blue Herons as prey, in the great majority of cases they eat smaller mammals like rodents, hares, and rabbits. To view live during the nesting season, go to: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/cornellh...