Hi, just looking for some advice.
Does anyone know how to keep herons away from ponds?
I opened by blinds this morning at 6.30am to find a grey heron (the big massive ones) stood next to my pond. I banged on the window and scared it off but by the time my dad went outside, all the fish had gone in both ponds
We're all really gutted. Some of the fish in the pond we've had since I was little (about 12 years). We have two ponds and five fish in each pond. One pond had a 30cm gold koi and a smaller goldfish, which then had offspring over the years to populate the rest of the ponds. Giving a total of a gold koi, a big goldfish and three black/gold smaller fish in one pond, and five black/gold fish in the other pond.
We have since found one black fish in each pond now and the gold koi carp. Totalling three ramaining fish.
We initially thought we'd lost the koi carp because we couldn't find it and it's so big to hide, but it appeared later on it the day. However, it does have scales missing where the heron has obviously grabbed it.
The gold koi is the fish we are most bothered about because we've had it such a long time. It's gone really quiet and is keeping very still at the bottom of the pond. I assume it's in shock (as I would be), especially losing its wife and its children in one day (we're assuming the koi was a male and the goldfish female, though that's probably completely wrong).
I know the likelihood of the heron coming back tommorow morning is very high so we've put a big wooden board over one pond so it reduces the herons chance of getting it and the koi has a big hiding place, we're also putting the net over the other pond to try and help the remaining fish.
Obviously these are not long term options and theres no point restocking the ponds for a good few months because it will just encourage the heron.
Anyone have any suggestions or experience in this?
Also this may sound like a really stupid thing to say but the koi and the goldfish swam everywhere together, I now think as well as being in shock my fish is mourning the loss of his wife.
Oh, just to mention, we have a big plastic heron which is suppose to deter them but the real heron was stood right next to the plastic one and was double its size. I thought I was seeing double until it moved.