I love egrets and herons. We have Great Blue Herons and Great White Herons. It's wonderful to see them flying to and from Lake Jean. Very occasionally they'll stay and rest in the trees. This smaller heron, a Cattle Egret visited the patio!
How about the size of those claws! (hmmmm, just realized how crooked my photo is!)
What a photo op! It stayed around for the longest time and I took tons of photos. I went about my day and was later amazed to see it was still here - in the shade on the patio. Watching it hang out with a Roadrunner was just plain fun! I'll only show you a few photos here, don't worry! And no, we don't have cattle.
This bird pranced around in so many poses ~ I like this one above, kind of sneaking.
This is my favorite, enjoying the shade with the Roadrunner. Ohhh, I do wish that the hose wouldn't have cluttered up this shot, but, I can say that I'm a painter, not a photographer! They were quite content to share the shade of the wild persimmon tree.
My bird book says this is the "Greater Roadrunner." It's a member of the cuckoo family and lives up to it's name darting here and there.