Great Blue Heron

This great blue heron was determined to land at our pond yesterday morning and went for a swim. We have working farm dogs that keep crows, eagles and hawks from harming our poultry. They chased and barked at the heron as it circled the pond. It vocalized often, something I hadn’t heard. I put the dogs in and grabbed the camera. The bird landed immediately and misjudged the steep banks causing it to land in water much deeper than expected. It made its way to the edge of the water and took flight again, landing in a dead tree.

A great blue heron shakes off after landing in deeper water than it expected.