Our back yard Blue Heron is back. At first, it appeared to be just another fishing expedition (gone fishin’), but this time with romance on his mind, as you will see in the following sequence of pictures. At first his posture was pretty typical, but his mouth was open and he was obviously warbling something. Not the type of thing you would expect from a fisherman who was trying to catch his prey unawares.
Suddenly, his feathers became, dare I say, erect, and he started to walk a little funny, with his wings half-unfolded. We hadn’t seen this before. Then, he just stood in this position and kept up his throat sounds. It soon became apparent that he was trying to impress the gals. He kept this up for several minutes, but to no avail. Finally, in desperation, he reverted to the old “man in the subway” trick. He tried flashing them. Just opened up those wings and let it all hang out in the proverbial “what you see, is what you get” pose. Still no takers.
Unfortunately, at that point something disturbed him and he flew off down the canal, unaccompanied I’m sorry to say. Just another sad story of unrequited love. What do you think?