Almost every day there has been a gray heron somewhere along the stream near my house ….. and I’ve shown you my sad attempts by iPhone to get a good photo of him. On Friday, I decided to get serious in my quest, and pocketed my small Lumix in the hopes of spotting the bird and at last getting a good shot. It was a beautiful, sunny day – just right for the hunt.
When I first came around a bend and saw the bird, out came the camera and he was pretty cooperative.
Then I went farther – and there was another. This was the first time I’ve seen more than one, and the first flew off in a different direction.
Up by the small rapids, this fellow stood on the rock……
and wandered provocatively along behind the trees…
then flew just a few meters upstream, settling again on the bank. As we walked closer, he suddenly flopped into the water. Strange, I thought to myself, they always just fly away……but then he stood up…… with a fish in his beak.
As I tried to get a bit closer, and wished my camera didn’t take so long between shots, he carefully juggled the wriggling fish so that the head was closest to his beak….
And then with one swift movement, down his throat it went.
Wow! I have never seen that before – and I actually had my camera with me!
The sunlight also highlighted the iridescence of the mallard drakes’ plumage – couldn’t resist this shot.
As I went farther in the park, I saw a total of 8 birds…… I think some were duplicates, but it must have been a fine day for fishing, as I have never seen more than one before.