20170917 Half an hour with a Great Blue Heron

We watched a Great Blue Heron from the car as it moved along the weeds and docks along Riverside Road near Mill Island.  The car proved to be an effective “blind” as the bird preened and hunted for frogs.

This is what we saw:   (Click on any photo to enlarge it.  Click on your Browser’s back button to return here.)




During the photo below the GBH held its head perfectly motionless while it moved its neck slowly from side to side, about the thickness of the neck either way.  I don’t think that it was gular fluttering.  It seemed more like a pre-strike or perhaps a threatening activity.



Up, up and away …




Local residents say that this is the second summer that this GBH has patrolled that particular location.