Jean Brown recently photographed this Great Blue Heron. It was eating a Praying Mantis.
Great Blue Herons eat a wide variety of food. They have been seen fishing for fish, frogs and salamanders. They also eat small mammals, insects like this hapless Praying Mantis and even greens.
Thanks to Jean for allowing me to share her photo with you here. To see a Praying Mantis in happier times, here's the link: http://www.mendonomasightings.com/2011/10/07/two-photos-of-a-praying-mantis-from-coastal-photographer-siegfried-matull/
And to see the graceful Heron in flight, here is one of my favorite photos taken by Allen Vinson: http://www.mendonomasightings.com/2012/07/06/great-blue-heron-so-graceful-in-flight/