I’d only seen one Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) fishing around the lake at Fort Yargo State Park this Fall. It seemed a little unusual but, since the water level had been relatively high during the Summer, it was likely that herons might have been in the more remote marshy areas around the lake.
I might have been right. Yesterday afternoon, I encountered three herons in close proximity on a newly exposed beach. I didn’t realize they were there. I spooked the first one, which flew away, before I saw the other two. A second flew away soon after leaving just one.
This heron wandered along the shore while keeping a close eye on me.
Unfortunately, it also felt a need to leave and flew across the lake just above the water.
It’s not unusual for herons to give an alarm call as they fly away. Interestingly, none of these did; they flew off silently.
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