Great Blue Heron in Flight

Great Blue Heron Long Approach

They can turn on a dime in flight but Great Blue Herons more often fly in graceful arcs, lining up with their landing target well in advance of the actual touch down.

Great Blue Heron in Flight
Great Blue Heron in Flight

I’ve often thought that they might just enjoy the flight as they cruise over the pond. It looks almost effortless.

Great Blue Heron in Flight
Great Blue Heron in Flight

Banking just a little to avoid a nearby island.

Great Blue Heron in Flight
Great Blue Heron in Flight

A perfect landing. Well, there was a face full of branches but the herons just ignore those.

Great Blue Heron in Flight
Great Blue Heron in Flight

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