Juvenile and adult great blue herons.
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A juvenile great blue heron stopped by one morning.
I didn't realize what the bird was until it started moving. I recognized the movements of the great blue heron even though this juvenile had yet to show its long neck.
An adult great blue heron with its wispy mating plumage.
I referred to this top fence rail as my studio as so many birds stopped here to view the surroundings and I was able to photograph them from my room's window.
This great blue heron is having a snake for lunch.
A side view of the heron eating the snake.
This image was taken through a fence, but still gives a sense of just how big the wings are in relation to the body.
The wingspan is approximately six feet.
The "flasher" pose. As soon as it noticed me on the other side of the fence it pulled its wings back to its body in a normal stance.
(Photo taken through fence.)
Another bird in the flasher pose.
It's believed the heat from the sun helps flush out or kill parasites which are then more easily removed from the feathers.
Side view of the flasher.
(Photo taken through the fence.)
The great blue heron appears to be checking its feathers for intruders.
All photos © S. M. Garver