monthly photo thread (?)

riseform

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I can see now why the heron (it is a heron right?) is such an effective predator of fish, you can see just how easy they can get downgaze, and rather than have a tube for a neck, it is far more like an axe head, to split the water open with minimal resistance. Never thought of it that way, always pictured the eyes more above the skull meridian and the neck as just a pipe...
Yes, it's a Great Blue Heron. That shot surprised (and taught) me as well. It was looking up at an overhead flock of geese when I snapped the picture. I had no idea until processing the images that the eyes could look down like that. Despite the overhead distraction, it was able to keep its eyes on me the entire time. I'd never have known that sticking with the classic view.