16 December 2010

An island of snow and a cold heron

We had our 1st decent snowfall of the winter today. The lake not too far from my house was partially frozen. An island of snow had formed on a large patch of ice.

Nearby was a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) looking cold and lonely in the gray, icy waters.

This was the best shot of it I got with my iPhone camera. I tried to approach it from behind the trees, but despite the snow, it still heard the sound of my walking and quickly flew away. Unlike the ones in Florida, the herons around here are very skittish and this bird was no exception.

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