Great Blue Fishing on a Windy Day

Great Blue Heron Fishing 4-21-13aThe great blue heron is almost my favorite bird to watch.

One crisp, windy day last spring, I was lucky to observe this great bird busily fishing.

The tide was out, leaving small rivulets on a little island in the middle of the Elk River slough.  My small camera handled the considerable distance by giving the photos a “painterly” quality which I found fascinating.

Great Blue Heron Swallowing cropped 4-21-13Far enough away to take no notice of his admirer, the bird was oblivious to his audience and to the wind.  When he lifted his head to swallow a fish, I got a very nice surprise.

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