I was visiting one of my favorite lakes, Metson Lake in Golden Gate Park last week. It is a small lake with it's usual duck, seagull and geese residents. I was walking the perimeter and happened to spot this heron across the lake hiding behind some tall grass. So, I made my way over to him. I didn't want to get too close because I didn't want to scare him. I got about 20 feet away and started snapping photos.
What was interesting is that he stood so still that for a minute I thought he wasn't even real :) then when I tried to get closer to him, he turned his head. I have seen herons before but this one was just gorgeous and very tall. He just stood there gazing across the lake with his one foot up in his feathers. I don't know that much about herons so I thought maybe he had an injury of some sort to his foot but someone told me that is how they rest.
In any case, this was a real treat for me to see this beautiful bird. I must have spent at least 45 minutes watching him and when I left he was still in that same pose.
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