A Cooperative Bird

As we come around the corner, a binocular-clad couple tells us that we are about to see a Green Heron in the next pond.  I’m nervous that the flip-flop-flip-flop of Patty’s sandals will startle it.  Maybe we will be lucky enough to see it take off…

But no…  This bird has no fear…  it doesn’t mind putting on a show for group after group of people walking by.

Green Heron

I know that Green Herons are tool-using birds.  I’ve read that they will wiggle bait of various kinds on the surface of the water to lure small fish, which they then nab.  I’m hoping we’ll see some of that action…

We see the stealthy walk and the intense, focused gaze.  We watch as he grabs and swallows tidbit after tidbit… no baiting necessary.

As we watch, another couple joins us… camera-clad this time… They snap pictures, too.

Too bad we all have busy schedules and places to be…