Updated: Nov 22
While out and about one afternoon, I decided to stop in town and stroll around with my camera. I have lived around this small coastal town for many years now and I could fool myself into thinking that I had seen everything. Of course, I knew better and went looking for some new shots.
Then the day got even better than standing on a sunny seashore photographing coastal nature.
That's when I heard a woman behind me saying "do you see the Blue Heron" to her daughter. Then I heard it again, so I thought to take a look around for a Blue Heron myself. Then a quiet voice said, "no in the tree", as I looked around for the voice, I saw the daughter pointing up to the tree right beside me.
Just on the other side was a beautiful Blue Heron, just casually hanging out, preening himself in the sun. So I positioned myself to take some photos of this wonderful encounter. Lots of locals were also out and about, enjoying the sunny day. They started stopping and admiring the Blue Heron as well and noticing how calm he was, even with people and dogs just feet away. The folks all started talking and sharing stories and that is when I learned that the Heron's name was Harry and that he sits in this tree on a regular basis. He was known to the locals and seemed rather comfortable with all the attention.
The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands.
It was a real treat meeting Harry on my walk and that afternoon reminded me of why I will never stop adventuring for new photos.