So this Heron and I go back a few years.  Being neighbors we can’t help hanging around the same places. Still, we have this understanding that I shouldn’t get too close, even though he seems to be more comfortable with me each time we run into each other.

This time he let me get close enough to see his long gangly legs splashing on the pond surface as he starts his takeoff run. Literally, walking on water.

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