This photo of a preening Great Blue Heron on an old stump in the water of the Gulf of Mexico is far from perfect but I still like it for the behavior that it shows. I took this image while I was either wading or sitting in the water just off of the shoreline of the north beach of Fort De Soto County Park, there were some stumps from invasive Australian Pines in the water that the Great Blue Heron perched in the golden light of dawn where for a bit the heron tried to catch bait fish that were near the stump and after it gave up on that it began to preen. I was low enough in the warm water of the Gulf that I was actually looking up at the heron while I photographed it.
Even though I did not have eye contact with this Great Blue Heron when I took this image I like how the heron was comfortable enough in my presence that it basically ignored me and went about the business of being a bird and inspecting its feathers while it preened. I find a bit of humor in this pose too.
Sometimes I wish that the Great Blue Herons here in Utah were as relaxed around people as they were in Florida but in all honesty I like how wild they are here, it does make them more challenging to photograph.
Life is good.