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A Great Blue Heron Kinda Morning

Our last walk at Theler Wetlands started just as most of our latest walks there have started, in a heavy fog, plus high tides. This Cormorant appeared to be walking on water in the middle of a lake, though it was really just standing on a log in the middle of the Union River.

We managed to get really close to this Great Blue Heron, so close that all I could fit into my camera frame was its head.

As we backed away, he continued to track prey, apparently oblivious to us.

Later, we startled another Heron close to the riverbank.

Not sure if we scared these female Green-Winged Teal,

but I liked this shot.

Unfortunately, this shot of a startled male Common Merganser isn’t as clear,

but it’s the first time I’ve spotted a male Common Merganser this Winter, so I was bound to include it here.