Having taken some un-usual precautions to protect my fish I have to report that the bane of pond keepers around where I live are quite clever, in that due to my young daughter scampering around my usual trip activated fireworks have had to be disabled, and low and behold I have had two visits to-date, from these pesky birds.
I have had to put a surround around my pools not only to protect the fish but to stop my toddler falling in when we are not looking as her fascination with both water and fish is quite frigthning at times. So my open plan pools are not so open planned anymore If anyone knowsn of a contract hitman, could they send me a number.
See new pic later today for the alterations
The Greatest kingdom on earth lies but a few fathoms deep
Never mind she won't stay small so make the most of it as for the birds beautiful as they are it is sad that we have to cover our ponds to protect the fish, its a pity they didn't stay in one location like another country
I had a lucky escape last year when I managed to chase off a Heron that had landed in our back garden and was attempting to get into the pond. To be honest, I have always had my suspicions that it had managed to attack my goldfish Cat, as she had two graze marks on her sides, one of which later turned into a nasty ulcer. She got over it ok, but two of my other fish later developed ulcers which although I tried to cure them succeeded in killing the fish. So there's every possibility that the Heron was indirectly responsible for the loss of two of my fish anyway!
My friend's Dad put a fake heron next to his pond and then caught a real one dipping into his pond totally ignoring the fake one so I'm not sure whether that idea is totally foolproof (or Heron-proof rather!). I just keep a fine net over my pond now at all times-keeps the cats out too!
this is gonna be confusing so try and follow me if ya have a cat that scratches ya furniture you can get scat cat its a spray that smells like dogs so the cat wont go there
if herons would be hunted by foxes and wolfs they would be scared of them so may be if ya get scat cat spray on some posts or the like around the pond maybe th herons wont stay coz it smells like foxes or wolfs ( dog )
do herons have a sence of smell ? if not then it wont work