I was checking my email when Bob called me and said, "There is a huge heron on the beach." I grabbed the camera and ran. He wasn't kidding, the darn thing is as tall as I am. Now, as my dear friend Leslie said, and I quote: "lol well that isn't really all that tall ...heheheheh".
According to my bird book, this is a Tricolored Heron.
I started out about 30 feet from him and just started slowly walking towards him.
He let me get about 15 feet away and then took a few steps away, then he did this little dance for me.
He stopped and just waited for me to get closer.
He actually took a few steps closer to me and stood up very tall, as though he were telling me that he was the tallest. Just what I need, a smartass bird.
I got to within 9 or 10 feet before he took off and you can see his wingspan is huge, yes bigger than I am tall.