I'm not a bonafide bird watcher by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy spotting new or pretty ones and trying to capture them with my lens. While walking around the lake the other day, I noticed this one sleeping in a tree. I'd never seen one like it and wasn't sure what it was. As I came around the north side of the lake, I spotted him (or her, or his/her twin) standing down by the water. After watching it for a while and grabbing photos, I still had no idea other than to think it looked like a heron. I decided perhaps it was a juvenile GBH and I'd just never seen one before. Maybe it was going to grow taller and change color as it aged?
One little lake in the middle of town can have so much beauty and life as long as the rains come and provide. This year is making everyone happy and not only providing for the water fowl but for people like me with a camera looking for inspiration.