I’ve been trying since I moved here to get a decent picture of a Great Blue Heron, but they’re so shy here that I’ve never been able to sneak up on one. Finally I noticed one had taken up residence in a pond near the bike trail, and seemed to be getting accustomed to people passing by. So after work I hop the fence and slowly approach it. These two shots aren’t the best ones I got, but they illustrate something that has always confused me about Great Blue Herons. When they are standing still, especially in water that hides their legs, they look like a much smaller bird with a beard and no neck! When they become mobile again, they transform into the lanky creatures I’m used to seeing as I pull out my camera, too late.
3 responses to “Different Birds?”
Those are nice shots! They really pick up those two heron poses.
the only proper way to study it is to kill it, then examine its corpse.
There’s a fine tradition for such studies. Take the extinct pig-footed bandicoot for example – the last pair of the species were eaten by a naturalist who was overcome by hunger.