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Sand and Sea
Great Blue Heron - 15
This GBH was quite a ways from any water as it walked amids the tall grass searching for prey.
For the better part of an hour I watched this same bird as it stood nearly motionless at the water's edge waiting, waiting and waiting for some unsuspecting fish or frog to get just close enough for a late afternoon snack. So much for patience.
After its long wait next to the canal this GBH flew a short distance, landing surprisingly close to me where it began strolling through the high grass searching for prey, occasionally disappearing behind the foliage and then reappearing again.
I took this photo when the GBH stopped for an instant, opening its mouth, as if to say, "Ah-hah!" As this drama played out it reminded me that millions of years ago feathered dinosaurs stalked through similar terrain in much the same way.
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