Don’t Try This at Home, Boys and Girls – Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

A question of balance: not just music by the Moody Blues.

Great blue heron preening in perfect balance.

Great blue heron preening in perfect balance.

She stretched, camouflaged against the rocks, nearly invisible. 

I would have passed by unnoticing but for a quick flash of orange beak as she stretched and arched that elegant long neck back, back, over her shoulder.

In one single synchronized move, her wings dropped and opened slightly and her left leg came up for balance, leaving her perched on the other,  with toes and claws gripping fast to the rocks.

The title of this post says “Don’t try this at home, boys and girls,” but I take it back.

You’re welcome to give it a try – if you’re a gymnast, or fencer, or ballerina.

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Thanks for the Weekly Photo Challenge nudge Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress.
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(This took place July 26, 2013)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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Posted on July 30, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. wonderful capture. BTW there are some lovely Zambian birds in the vid clip on the end of my latest post http://t.co/NnfMAYY94b

    • Thanks! And thanks for the pointer to your video. I’ll have to check it out later today. At the moment I’m in a kayak on the water with herons and camera. Beautiful day.

  2. … or a yoga move? Wonderful shot!

  3. A very intimate moment & yep always pure elegance!

  4. P.S. the ” Moody Blues” – Nights In White Satin – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9muzyOd4Lh8

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