With a head up
A portrait of a great blue heron taken in Sunken Meadow State park. On Long Island great blue herons are usualy pretty reclusive and it's not easy to get a good picture of that bird. Therefore I was very happy to meet that particualr heron that felt quite comfortably in my presence. It was a sunny October afternoon and this bird was enjying one of the last warm autumn days. Once the sun started to go down, the bird moved to its night hide but the way it did it was really amazing. First it made the bittern-like pose, rising its head and lifting bill up to the sky. Then, very, very slowly it started to move backwards toward the wall of reeds growing on a nearby sandbank. It was a real fun to watch. Taking one step took it maybe several seconds but slowly and steadily it was getting closer and closer to its hide. Finally it slipped between the reeds and almost disappeared, yet watching everything around with its vivid yellow eye. I have never seen such behavior from great blue heron so I was happy that I could learn something new about this fascinating bird.
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