Listen as you watch this video of a Great Blue Heron taking off and voicing disapproval of my intrusion into the serenity of its world.
Last summer my brother (artist, author, videographer, and blogger, James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia and author of Imaginative Realism among much else) and I visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York city.
We went there to see a new exhibit exploring how dinosaurs didn’t really disappear 65 million years ago. They survived and evolved to become the birds we see around us today.
Whenever I hear the expressive voice of the Great Blue Heron I wonder what the large dinosaurs of long ago sounded like. If their voices matched their hulking sizes, the sound would have been terrifying.
A Great Blue Heron stood on a rock along the shore….
I approached, slowly, snapping photos.
The heron turned around and sprang into the air.
These beautiful birds are light. They have legs so strong that they can leap into the air and, with just one powerful wingbeat, take to the sky.
This one flew up the shore and around a point, just out of sight. It had landed on a rock where I encountered him a second time.
Again he flew—this time in the opposite direction, back towards his original rock.
That pleased me. Sometimes birds will fly again and again in the same direction, each time a little bit further up the shore in the direction I am paddling and we repeat the encounter repeatedly—to their obvious annoyance.
I was able to take a short video of this bird shortly after taking the photo above.
When you watch the video, you can hear the bird’s ancient voice. It seems to express displeasure at my interference.
Listen as you play the short video below. I posted it for your ears to hear the chirping call that River Otters make when they want to alert other otters of the presence of danger, me being the threat in this case.
I offer my apologies for the poor visual quality of this video.
Video taken on October 20, 2016 on Tomales Bay, California.