As readers of our blog are aware, we have been visiting a few nests in our community: actually two: one heron nest and one Sandhill crane nest. The other day when I arrived, I saw one of the adult herons across the lake on the shoreline. It was walking along looking for a meal. How any creature that large walking on those long thin legs can look so graceful is a miracle of nature! Their legs are hollow which allows for them to be able to fly and not be weighed down.
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So you get this: eight foot incline, holes all around, ten foot alligator and the chance of being covered in Heron guano!!! AHH, GOOD TIMES AINT WE HAPPY WE GOT THEM!!!! But I persevered just for you good people. Must keep this blog going if not the awards will stop. Actually after this post, Jim might be taking back the stylish award.
These birds are so interesting to watch while they hunt/fish. They walk along looking down into the water for prey, walking slowly and gracefully on these thin awkward looking legs then they will stop and freeze. They will not move at all. Then their necks will move into a classic S curve which allows them to generate speed when they lunge forward to spear their prey with their sharp powerful bills.
The next two images are what I consider the amazing ones, at least in my personal photography history. Maybe you see images like this all the time but I know, I don't.
Here are some more images from my fishing day with the herons.