First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sunrise 6:11 am: In the company of Big Bird


One of the Dawn Joggers ongoing delights is encountering a Great Blue Heron in the morning. Some years back one decided to "overnight" in a redwood tree on their property, and they would be awakened at first light with its piercing "I'm up and on the move" shriek. These big birds, very dinosaur like in their demeanor, hunt small ground animals/reptiles in the early morning. It's challenging to get a good photo without a long lens as they are smartly wary; at their size they can't take off quickly. But once airborne they are very graceful. One of the hidden treasures of the Bay Area is Audubon Canyon Ranch in Marin where they nest each Spring.

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