Mindful that darkness was coming I stopped to take a few images of a Great Blue Heron overlooking the swamp from his tree perch. Sometimes the receding color in the sky is spectacular here; this night the color was more subtle.
I spent a lovely afternoon watching birds along a dike at the edge of one of the old rice fields. This canal runs parallel to the dike and several Great Blue Herons worked their way up and down the canal, looking for the best sunning and fishing spots.
A Great Blue Heron perched on an alligator ramp is passed by a Tri-colored Heron photo bombing my scene. Sometimes the larger Herons will give chase if they feel their space is invaded but this time he went back to preening.
Despite their size Great Blue Herons can hide in plain sight. I’ve jumped more than once when one I didn’t see in the bushes took off with a squawk when he saw me. I did see this one as I got closer but he blended into the foliage when I was further down the path along this pond.