Younger and more slender than a previous visitor of its feather, this Great Blue Heron ambled across the paved perimeter trail in the northwest corner of the park, probably thinking of perching on the rocks facing the Golden Gate Bridge. That would have made for a spectacular photo. But just then a park visitor came along who did not see the bird, and it took flight for a less scenic perch further east. This bird tolerates people about 30 yards away; any closer, and it takes flight.
I would love to know where these great birds go when they’re not in our park. They’re quite at home at the water’s edge or miles inland. They’ll eat fish or gophers or anything inbetween. As big as they are, they probably need tall vegetation, shrubbery, or a forest to conceal themselves. But where?