September 8, 2005

Great Blue Heron

We have been honored by visits from large birds here in the Northern Neck. I got some pictures of the Great Blue Heron. I saw his shadow as he flew over and heard him land in the creek beside our deck.

At first he was hard to see because he stayed in the shady little cgreat blue heronreek, standing still for long periods of time, watching for a tasty fish to come along. Finally he ventured out into the cove.

Some other birds flew into the cove, diving down to snatch up some fish. I think they were ospreys. Eventually the heron grew tired of their antics and rose into the air, honking at them. Another heron joined him in the air, probably his mate. She had been hiding in a nearby bush.

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