Making a noisy production of it, this Tricolored Heron flew past me up the canal. I saw where he landed but the pathway along this part of the old rice field is lined with a lot of trees so I didn’t expect to see him close up. I got a peeking view of him through some branches, expecting him to fly off any moment as they tend to be skittish.
He stayed put even when I passed by to another vantage point that included his gorgeous reflection and more of the fallen tree that he perched on.
He continued to stay put as I moved on and rounded the corner for yet another view that included some fall color.
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