|One of the 'regulars' at our lake|
|About to eat a snake it caught|
|Resting on the mid-lake platform|
|Perched atop a lakeside tree|
But this evening while I was out for a row, I saw the Great Blue Heron do something I had never seen it do before...Take a bath!
It was such a cool moment, I had to make a video. It's less than two minutes long and a bit wobbly at the end since I was in the rowboat at the time but I think you'll enjoy it.
A Brown Thrasher provided background music as the heron cautiously cooled off in the shallow water. Most of the splashing begins at 0:50 and again at 1:34.
|A brown thrasher's melodious song accompanied the heron's splashes|
When bath time was over, the heron moved over to the tiny island where the Sandhill Cranes had their nest. The heron stayed there for a while, presumably to dry its feathers before settling in for the night on a perch in a nearby tree.
|A tiny island with many visitors|
To see another large bird bathing, watch my video of a Bald Eagle taking a bath in the lake.