Wordlessly Watching – Daily Prompt: Fair and Feathers on Friday
With a whisper of a rustle of feathers, the great blue heron loped-flew across to the western shore.
She flew low and slow, the water’s surface mere inches below her wing tips. I watched wordlessly from the eastern shore, taking in her grace and economy of movement. An engineer friend once explained to me that birds fly so close to the water because it gives them maximum air resistance for those huge wings.
I’ve been observing the great blue herons here for almost a decade, and from time to time someone will ask how I’m able to keep track of which heron is which. The heron here is an example of one I can easily identify.
Have a close look at the photo in this post. Notice how the talons on her right foot are flexed and reaching. Now, notice her left foot, which seems to be limp compared to the right. Next, move your eyes upward slong her lower left leg. Do you see the extra bend there?
The unfair news was that she had broken her leg.
I wasn’t there when she broke her leg, and so don’t know exactly what happened, but when I first noticed the bad break, I was alarmed about her near-term chances for survival.
The good news? She survived for at least six years with that broken leg. It healed with a noticeable bend, and she successfully nested, mated, and brought several summer’s worth of fledglings into the world.
That’s more than fair, in my eyes.
(This took place September 9, 2009)
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