The Wood Storks continued to pant as the temps rose higher. They would make strange noises every now and then and walk from branch to branch, but mostly they stayed put and rested and panted high in the pines. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking about that Green Heron, wondering if he had speared anything. Finally my curiosity won out and I abandoned the Wood Storks for the Green Heron. I couldn't find him at first. He was once again in statue mode and his coloring camouflaged him very well, but then I saw him. He had moved about 3 feet away from his original location and was standing on a little clump of mud.
He walked slowly and cautiously around his tiny
island. Always watching the green, green water.
Slowly he shifted his gaze to the left...
...and wham! He picked up something....
...but then let it fall back down. He then spent a little time
moving this little green thing around. I know Green Herons
put out bait to attract fish. It seemed that was what
he was doing...arranging his bait, setting a trap.
After a while, he shifted his gaze out. I did too and immediately
saw a beautiful Snowy Egret about 15 feet to the right.
I looked back and forth between the Snowy Egret and the Green Heron, trying to decide what to do. Should I wait and watch the Greenie fish, or walk a little further and study the dainty Snowy Egret, or go back and watch the Wood Storks a bit more? What a dilemma! I can tell you...I'm never faced with these sorts of decisions in Cincinnati (except maybe during spring migration, but the warblers usually abandon me before I ever have to decide to abandon them!). Can you guess what I did? I'm sure you know...