Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
20 January 2017
Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Isle du Bois
Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas
Both the Great Blue Heron in this pic and I were surprised to see one another when at least a couple of other Great Blue Herons had already taken flight upon our approach on the trail. But this one stuck around a bit longer only taking off until we were nearly upon its chosen foraging spot in a small interim wetland area beside the trail. This explains the soft focused quick shot and the missing point of its bill on the pic's left margin.
The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to coastal Spain, the Azores, and areas of far southern Europe. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and Florida was once treated as a separate species...