The Great Blue Heron is one of the largest birds in North America, standing 4 feet tall with a six foot wing span. When the birds evolved from the dinosaurs, the Herons emerged, but herons changed very little over the last few million years. Their wide wings resemble the extinct Pterodactyl, a winged lizard.
Herons (and cranes and egrets) have extensive mating dances that reveal graceful movements which seem out of place from such a spindly legged-creature.
But Herons have another display of balance and speed; their stalking of prey. They cantilever like a feathered construction crane to hover over a targeted fish.
I’ve spent hours watching herons stalk fish in my backyard ponds. I don’t know what happens to the time. To me, their hunting methods are lyrically enchanting. To the fish, not so much.
And perhaps you, gentle reader, would prefer to look away, rather than read on and see how the crouching Heron means that several goldfish will leave the mortal coil.
I took these pictures from March through October, 2018.
Herons do migrate, but tend to stay year-round in the Pacific Northwest.
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