18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Great blue heron launching

Paddling on Pearrygin Lake in past years often produced a view of a statue-still great blue heron on a branch at the far end of the lake. This year the entire summer had passed without one sighting. Previously, the heron tolerated a kayaking photographer to a moderate degree at that site. This time, as I rounded the corner spotting the heron, I barely had time to raise my camera before the bird took off. It made me wonder if this was a new heron unused to people given how quickly it fled.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Winthrop, Washington, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 80D
Copyright: © Peter Bauer