I've been presenting this class for several years now to folks of all ages and I LOVE to do it. It's interactive and encouraging, and we head out weather-permitting at the end of the presentation to look and listen for birds. When we headed out this morning, as we approached the trail, Rick who works at the museum let us know that there was a Great Blue Heron on the marsh. These magnificent birds are commonly on the salt marsh, though they are not always in sight. When we got to the boardwalk, there s/he was! The big bird was only about 40 feet away, and was hunting for breakfast, like a statue. We were able to see a few fish devoured and soon along came another Great Blue Heron... and then a pair were flying in, and then another pair, and another heron! It was CRAZY! We saw at least SEVEN Great Blue Herons within a 10 minute span of time.
We just stood there sharing the moment, watching those spectacular birds, which was why we were together in the first place. Another natural reward! Thanks Rick for the head's up! The photos I got were all on my phone camera, so they are not so close up.
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|Great Blue Herons|
|Great Blue Heron|
|Great Blue Heron in flight|
|Birdoculars being put to the test|