This beautiful bird can be found at the edge of the pond, often sneaking through the long grass in search of frogs.
The heron stands tall and straight in its posture helped by its long legs. Slow to move unless it has to.
Colours of a purple-ish grey-blue separate the truly majestic-looking creature from other similar typed birds such as osprey and flamingos.
This huge bird has a massive wingspan and simultaneously looks elegant and cumbersome at the same time while trying to take off.
It furiously flaps its wide wings barely clearing the treeline as it flys away in an upwards path that does not allow much leeway for mistakes.
At times it will fly through the tree branches because it can not clear the treetops, yet it still manages to not crash into the leaves.
Always making seemingly hard work look easy, the heron eventually reaches full stride at which point it looks effortless.
Over time one particular Heron has learned to exit the pond on the opposite side, thus giving it more ‘runway’ to chart a better flight pattern similar to the Canada geese.
The heron bird is a rare treat and if left undisturbed can be watched for hours at a time.
In the early morning hours, not far from Walden, the great blue heron can be seen flying just a couple of feet above the water. Sailing across the lake on its way to the next adventure.
It will play in one pond and then another as it travels around the neighbourhood, always coming back for a swim at Walden pond.
Recently I spotted a heron at the edge of a pond and right besdie it was a deer. They were not in competition or hunting each other, instead they looked like a pair of little boys fishing as the sun started to rise behind them in the early hours of another humid summer morning!