I have a habit of always arriving early, no matter where I go. Perhaps I learned that in the Army, but, if so, I probably learned it too well. So well, that I always arrive at Big Beef Creek an hour, or more, earlier than the eagles and herons show up. Luckily, there are always interesting things to see there if you look hard enough.
I think this is the first American Goldfinch shot that I got this year.
This inquisitive Harbor Seal must have entertained me for at least a half hour as it hunted fish in the shallow water.
Long before the show officially begins prominent actors in the drama fly across the stage, apparently as anxious as I for the show to start.
You know the curtain is about to raise when the Great Blue Herons begin to take up strategic fishing spots.
For me, the highlight of the show is the interaction of the Bald Eagles and the Great Blue Herons.
More often than not, the Great Blue Herons will drop their catch and squawk in outrage. Remarkably, in all the time I’ve watched the scene I’ve never seen a heron get hit by an eagle, even when it refuses to drop its catch.