One of the Christmas treats we received this year on our trip was the company of Great Blue Herons, I've never seen so many or maybe it was the same few flying up and down the waterways. These birds are so big they would be hard to miss, this one is trying it's best at blending still with the trees so bare it looks more like low hanging fruit.
They are flitty and frightened and most of the time we would notice them as they lifted over us to flee.
I went out early to see if I could find one to observe. This is the one I saw in the tree which took refuge in the sage..........so I followed it.....
It's tactic to shake free of me made me laugh as I quietly and slowly moved in for a closer look it would hunker down, folding up those long legs and try to hide, sometimes it would disappear completely then come back up to see if I was gone, up periscope!
*note it's head sticking up
If I got too close it would let out a great honking scream that scared me to death the fist time I heard it.
*click the link above, scroll down and listen, I learned their sound is similar to a goose but boy when it's frightened you will know it! Note the open beak.
I think it was getting used to me and I got pretty close, oh boy look at those feathers, barred and iridescent, what a silly beautiful thing!
Beautiful in flight, long legs folded back, rudder-like
I observed more of them at our camp higher up, note the blue wings in the center looking back over the Owens River hiking up the slope.
We may have missed the petroglyph up there but look what I found hiking around, labrodorite like! The best gift yet!
I went and saw The Life of Pi last night and I was surprised that it was in 3D. I haven't experienced a 3D movie in years, they used to make me dizzy but I have to say it was a fun experience. The film had a few problems for me but the water scenes were absolutely stunning, well worth taking the time to see. On the way out I spotted some monkeys....look how big they've grown! New monkeys in 2013, bigger and more mischievous perhaps, good for practical jokes, put one in the bosses file cabinet!
I have a million things to do, SO MUCH catching up, I'm sure you can all say the same.
Have a great day everybody! xoxo Ro