A Sneaky Bird

Today was another cold and windy day. As a result, what should have been a 2 hour paddle turned into nearly a 3 hour ordeal. But I did have a nice break in the middle.

I turned my boat into a large inlet and explored the various streams that fed into that inlet. The above picture was the shoulder of the shore at one of the streams.

At first I didn't see it, but something seemed off so I looked back again...and saw the heron. It's hard to see the heron in that picture above, but the two pictures below, taken a few yards further around the bend so that the heron can be seen in profile (and zoomed in considerably), make the heron a lot easier to see.

In case you can't see the heron in the first picture, it's to the left side of center and right next to a pine on the shoreline and exactly the same height. When I was paddling, I passed no more than 6 feet from the bird. I'm amazed that it didn't take to flight.

By the way, it was really cold out and so windy that I thought I was never going to get back home. As soon as I got back in the house I put hot packs on my feet and hands. Once I felt a little better I then took a very long hot shower. Brrr!


Kim said…
How did you ever spot it?
Teresa said…
Insanity... what's wrong, Dave?
kenju said…
The heron was worth the trip!!
Utopia said…
How'd you turn your kayak into an inlet! You're special.
Deana said…
You're as bad as Delane. I don't know how you guys go in this cold.
Love the heron shots and have a very Happy New Year!

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