I just got back from spending a wonderful week at Dauphin Island. My parents invited me (and my camera) to accompany them on a trip in their RV to this barrier island that sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay, and which happens to be a haven for all kinds of birds!
As soon as we arrived, Mom and I left Dad in charge of setting up camp while we rushed off to get our toes in some sand! Right away, we encountered this handsome Heron who was patrolling the beach in search of an afternoon snack.
He would stare at the water intently and then quickly stab at a fish.
Then he would stroll a bit…
…turn to stare at the water…
…and repeat the process!
It was fascinating to watch how each time he came away with a catch, he would turn and head back to the sand to partake of his prize. He didn’t want the fish (which is the true definition of fast food!) to be able to swim away if he dropped it!
We watched him for quite awhile, and then left to walk the beach, assured that this Heron was one well-fed fellow.
I had a wonderful week, and can’t wait to share more posts and pictures in the days ahead!