Wild Bird Wednesday #28

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.

Metson Lake

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eileeninmd said…
Awesome shots of the Gb heron!
Mama Zen said…
Beautiful captures!
mick said…
Yes, gorgeous is the right word for that bird! Great photos.
Stunning! I love herons and your friend was right, that is how they rest.
Jackie said…
Wow this is so strange because the very same thing happened to me yesterday.

I drove down to the cove right down from our house and a heron just like this one flew in.

His behavior was just like you mention here with this one. I too was fascinated. They are gorgeous!

I took photos too. It was just too good to pass up. I think his coloring of gray-black and white is beautiful.

You got better shots than me. It was early early when I was out and the sun was not completely up.

Wow...awesome...I love it!
Wally Jones said…
Wonderful series of shots of one of my favorite subjects!
Stewart M said…
Herons are great birds - my last WBW was a very similar looking bird.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne
These are gorgeous images of the Great Blue Herons!

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