August 18th, 2009

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Three from Marsh and Foster Islands

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Foster Island, Seattle

Directly under the 520 bridge, hundreds of vehicles per minute literally only feet over its head, this bird stood and hunted. We watched it for several minutes. It would stand like this for a while, then cock its head, looking down at a particular point in the water. Then it would stab the water and bring up a fish. Flip the fish around in its beak, and then swallow. It acted precisely as the moment required; without hesitation when action was required and without passivity when waiting was required.

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All: August, 2009

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