These are some crazy cool birds and fun to watch. They remind me of the prehistoric pterodactyl with their skinny bodies, long beak and massive wings. I snapped this pic recently at a suburban pond.
Wind destroyed the rookery a couple of years ago but this year the herons have returned and have at least five nests going. You face south into the nest area so it is hard to get good pics of it but can get some awesome flight shots as the birds fly back and forth to gather stuff for their homes.