When last we visited our local pond Heron, he was ensconced for the night near a water hole. But when we visited him four days later,
He was up to his tail feathers in ice water. He let me get to within 20 feet of him, so close that I could record detail and color in a way I had never seen before.
But at last he decided that I was just a bit too close and --- he spread these magnificent wings. Such color and detail -- at sunset, no less!
He establishes his balance on the ice
And completes his landing.
He shakes himself off and off he goes - at a very slow walk. of course. Very dignified!
This magnificent bird was so close that I couldn't capture his entire body with my 500 prime lens. But what I saw and captured was - for me- truly awesome!