This magnificent Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) was assessing the fishing possibilities to be had in the small swamp pond this afternoon.
Graceful and patient, this bird has an amazing size differential supplied entirely by its supple, snake-like neck.
It stayed for quite a while hunched, standing on a fallen tree, listening intently for food. Deciding the fishing might be better among the reeds, it then flew a few yards and began its slow stalk with outstretched neck.
(Poem referenced by title: ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ by Wallace Stevens.)