Friday, May 23, 2008

Wildlife Series. #4

Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias

Heron here.

I've been shooting this bird for years. They are everywhere at the canal. Quite often they'll fly right past you at eye level. Awfully cool looking bird, too! Look close enough and you can really begin see their prehistoric past. Birds as you may or may not know are direct descendants of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs! Fossils from the early Cretaceous period, discovered in the '90s, show bird-like therapods with "proto-feathers." Not only that, but modern day birds have a remarkably similar skeletal structure to some dinosaurs.

Pretty damn cool, huh? I used to tell my nephews, You want to see a dinosaur? Go look out in your backyard. Or, better, drive out to the C&O Canal or Great Falls and gaze at a few therapods! Til next time, peace.

1 comment:

  1. Hello all...thanks to Aunt Teresa for the heads-up. The Heron "call" is now a working link. Enjoy!