I marvel at how different species of water birds share feeding areas at the Carmel River Lagoon. Here a great blue heron, upper left, stalks prey while nearby much smaller egrets do the same. It is not uncommon to see mallards float by these egrets and herons without hesitation. Peace.
This great blue heron is live, but so intense in stalking prey that it looks like a statue, especially since it has one leg on a concrete cover for a pond pump.
This great blue heron flaunts its catch at a Sacramento area pond.
The wing span of a great blue heron is impressive, but also slow to kick in at lift off. Took this shot in West Sacramento.
For a few seconds it appears as if the Great Blue Heron isn’t going to remain airborne, but the large wing span puts the bird into glide mode and flight is achieved.