Great Blue Heron

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Aki, this is a mellow dude. That’s the thought I throw he little dog while photographing a great blue heron as it works the estuary shallows thirty meters away. We are no threat since a deep stream buffers the bird. The heron bends over, looking like a handsome man enjoying his reflection in the water and then strikes down with its spear shaped beak. In seconds it is all over: thrust, retrieve, shake of the head, swallow. The bird resumes gazing for his next morsel. How many salmon smolt makes a meal for the stiff postured guy?heron II

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