Sleeping Great Blue Heron

I saw this Great Blue Heron towards the end of the Wildlife Drive at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. It was standing on a fallen tree stump, out in the open. It appeared to be sleeping or taking a nap since it was not preening or moving after watching for 5 minutes. So we moved on. On the end of the second trip around the Wildlife Drive I decided to stop and get a few shots since it was still there. After a few minutes watching the Heron it looked up or woke up and kept looking around. Right to left. GBH_v2_BWR_7_18_43G6179GBH_v2_BWR_7_18_43G6202

After watching & photographing for a few minutes we moved on since I did not want to bother the Heron, even though we were on the other side of the channel of water between us.  We were surprised that we only saw a few Eagles. Most of the birds we saw were Ospreys, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.


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