Slow Stalker

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

This majestic bird leaves fast footwork to his smaller cousin, the Snowy Egret. See “Fast Food” April 25. Stalking deliberately, it nevertheless manages to find its lunch. Although the portions are small, note how the bird dips its bill into the water after swallowing, as if to clear its palate. It does the same thing repeatedly with much larger prey; see for example “Heron’s Breakfast,” 6/25/20.

It’s difficult to tell one individual from another, but to my eyes this is a “new” visitor to the park. Its head appears more slim, its crown feathers shorter, and its bill coloring different from the Great Blue Herons I’ve photographed here previously.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

More about them: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

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