The Great Blue Heron in flight evokes shadowy spirits.

  Image info: Nikon D-180; Nikkor 200-400mm, f/4 zoom lens at 380mm; f/4; 1/3200 sec.; ISO 200.

Image info: Nikon D-180; Nikkor 200-400mm, f/4 zoom lens at 380mm; f/4; 1/3200 sec.; ISO 200.

It flies silently on big wings that bend and flow with cape-like flexibility; its long neck and prehistoric head are hooked and tucked in flight; its lengthy legs trail straight and stiff like a flying broom; its unblinking yellow eyes stare through us.

Yet, perhaps strangely, many of us welcome the bird as a beautiful sight. (Brooklin, Maine)

 

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