— motionless at waters edge —
— slender beak cocked and ready —
— sharp eyes pierce the surface —
— flash splash! — fish in the gullet —
my seventh in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”
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, Central America, the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands.
It has a head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36–54 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), a height of 115–138 cm (45–54 in), and a weight of 1.82–3.6 kg (4.0–7.9 lb).