Powerful Wings

When a Great Blue Heron’s instinct to fly off is obeyed, his wings literally appear to grow out from his body as they come unfurled before straightening completely to gain more lift.



The amazing, powerful-looking connection of bone structure to body and wing is apparent, here (ABOVE). Also visible are the stout, brownish-yellowish upper legs and the long, black skinny lower legs to which are attached stick-like feet that allow this bird to walk steadily in the water as he searches for fish.

Out-of-camera photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg