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We have a pond in our garden that has now become a frequent haunt of at least one Grey Heron. Much to our dismay our two biggest fish have been found stabbed but discarded on the side of the pond. I think they are carp ( though which species I'm unsure about).
My question is whether carp are particularly distateful to Herons. Our goldfish have been depleted in numbers but we have never found any of those left dead on the pond side. I thought goldfish were of the Carp family so am surprised that these bigger Carp have clearly proved to be distateful. Keepers of Koi Carp commonly report losing their prize specimens to Herons. Is it the mucous carp are reported to have that deters the herons from swallowing them? ( I'd not have considered them to be fussy eaters).
Are there any other reports of Herons leaving their fish catch?
I doubt whether the bird was disturbed in the process of killing the fish as it has happened twice and both times only with the bigger Carp.