Although the Great Blue Heron can be a regular sighting (other than the Winter) in this part of the woods, it is important not to take them for granted.
This particular heron was fishing along the bank and although it may look as if it is swimming, it is actually walking through the water with its long legs. From my experience, Great Blue Herons try to avoid deep water when they can. On the few occasions I have seen them venture into deeper water, they usually have been chased away from a nest (such as an osprey) and have landed in the middle of a pond.
There was something about the backdrop of old trees and roots, that gave this set of shots a somewhat eerie or melancholy atmosphere.
And, of course, there are the flying shots.