UPDATED: A couple of folks noted that perhaps this heron looked a bitt TOO blue, and guess what, I found a little-bitty-WB issue. Suffice it to say that I had been shooting an Indoor Football game the night before..... See if you folks find this a touch more realistic. I'll just blame it on late Friday night, I'll fix the Raptors tomorrow..... As a few of you know, I have been frustrated this year by seeing pictures of GBH's in flight when I can't capture a decent one. So yesterday we head for Chuckanut Drive and the Skagit Flats in search of what else? Bald Eagles, of course. Next time I go out I'm going to look for Ground Hogs, since I can never find whatever it is I look for, but I find other cool "stuff" instead. We did see a couple of Eagles, but by the time we found a place to stop they decided that a change of venue was in order. So, as we are driving the farm field roads, I look down an irrigation ditch and see a nice GBH, just standing there. Even better, there was a place to pull off and park, and better yet a field where we could walk down the ditch to get a better vantage point. Stalking the Stalking GBH: Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) So we followed him around the bend, and after missing a couple of fishing attempts the bird decided it was time to move. Off to Another Spot Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Unfortunately, the GBH didn't pick a particularly good one. Very Annoyed Black Birds Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) The GBH figured it was outnumbered, so once again, time to get.... Chased Out of the Neighborhood Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Movin on Down the Ditch (Road) Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) So I circled around, out of sight of the bird, to get closer, staying below its field of vision, while Jim watched in case it moved. Suddenly the bird popped its head up, I immediately stopped so I wouldn't spook the bird. As I stopped and set the tripod, my friend the Black Bird decided this was not a good place for the GBH either. Between the two distractions, the GBH said... Hasta la Vista, Babeeeeeeee Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Not a crop in the bunch, this is the closest we have gotten to one of these birds up here. They tend to be very cautious. All-in-all, we spent a long time at this spot, and I think it paid off.