Thursday, September 6, 2018
ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MARSH
I made another visit to the marsh north of Elk Rapids. This time I brought my 1.4x extender so I could get a little more range while shooting the waterfowl there.
In my first pass by the marsh, I saw four wood ducks sitting on a log. I completely missed the critter at the far right end of the frame.
On my second drive-by, I saw the Great Blue Heron. It appeared to be intently watching the water. I wondered if it was getting ready to impale a fish or frog with its spear-like bill.
No action happened, however. In fact, the heron tucked itself in tightly and closed its eyes. Perhaps it was nap time.
The nap was short-lived, however, and a few minutes later, the Great Blue was wide-eyed and searching once again.
It stood on one leg and surveyed the other side of its surroundings. I wondered whether some sound or movement had made it look in that directions.
I noticed there were several loose feathers on this heron and it made me concerned whether it was healthy. Birds typically are good about preening several times a day to keep their coats in optimum condition.
A light rain had begun to fall, and I pulled my camera and lens back into the car to keep them dry. As I did, the Great Blue looked over my way as if to say, "You get enough of me?"