VIRGINIA: NEWPORT NEWS: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) out on a limb as seen from Mariners' Museum Park

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BMGrace on April 23, 2012

It's strange to see such a gangly thing perching in a tree! He must have very strong toes if he can grip the branch and stay upright with such a lon body and neck.

Douglas W. Reynolds,… on April 23, 2012

It is an indication, I think, of they unexpected power of the current flowing in the James River, as in most of the waterways in the Tidewater region of Virginia the Great Blue Heron would either be swimming, or walking up and down on mudbanks in the marshy land. Evidently standing flatfooted in the tree is not a cause of discomfort, however, as I waited over ten minutes in a failed attempt to photograph the bird flying away. It was more patient than I.

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    by Douglas W. Reynolds,…
    • Taken on 2012/04/21 18:39:19
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    • Focal Length: 105.00mm
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