I usually don’t have much luck with these big birds as they tend to flee when they see me coming. On a cold morning earlier this month, this particular one was content to let me get relatively close though which was nice for a change. It was keeping watch from the edge of the ice on a pond just as the sun was coming up over the horizon. The golden light made for a pleasing capture.
These birds have small bodies but are quite tall with massive wingspans that can reach over 6 feet wide. Oftentimes found along shorelines of lakes and calm areas of rivers, Great Blue Herons are very adept at plucking fish from the waters.