A Great Blue Heron hangs out around the harbour in Summerside this summer. While there have always been herons stopping by the harbour, this one is a constant presence. Sometimes another heron is with it. Maybe there’s a nest nearby.
This past week, the weather has been cold and wet and we’ve stayed close to home, bringing umbrellas with us when it’s not too windy, walking the boardwalk rather than going further afield. One morning, I stood at the gazebo looking out to sea when a heron silently stepped from amongst the reeds below.
I watched as it walked stealthily in the water one careful foot after the other, barely rippling the water.
It stopped and watched, waiting for movement below. Numerous photos ensued since I was either ignored by the bird or undetected.
It was a windy day, however, the water in this part of the pond was calm, a perfect mirror, so perfect, the reflection shows the yellow blossoms on the plants and the details of the bird.
By the time I decided to take some video, within a few minutes, the heron turned away and took to wing. The six second video is here.
I took two photos from the video, not the best quality but the wingspan of the bird is obvious
Being in the presence of such a beautiful creature for a precious few moments is one of the great joys of nature.