Shadow of a Hunter

A great blue heron casts a long shadow as it perches above Bower Slough near the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

A great blue heron perches on a downed tree as its shadow is cast over the green water. Even though it was actively scanning and listening for movement in the water below, its perch seemed too high to have a chance at capturing any frogs or fish, so it may have been in reconnaissance mode. It eventually started hunting closer to the water.

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