While attending the Sandhill Crane Weekend at Barren River Lake State Resort Park recently, we also enjoyed getting a good look at a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). According to park officials, they are winter residents and are often seen near the dam.
While we were watching the eagle, a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) landed gracefully just across the river from us and struck this elegant pose.
Folks with fish ponds are less happy to see herons, since fish are their favorite food. A couple of years ago one landed in our backyard, and we recently saw one on top of a neighbor’s roof. Now we’re wondering. We haven’t seen our goldfish recently. Are they hidden under the rocks for the winter or did the heron dine? Time will tell.