Great Blue Heron, Profiling

Great Blue Heron, Profiling

Profiling, it’s a posture typically done to make the animal appear larger than the are. Many species do this.  Alligators are known for this aggressive behavior.

Great Blue Herons are another that use the trick often.

Great Blue Heron, Profiling
Great Blue Heron, Profiling

Above is the start of a Heron begin a profile. He is not rigid, or throwing his head up yet. However the tense position shows he is up to something.

Great Blue Heron, Profiling
Great Blue Heron, Profiling

He was also walking towards open water…with a purpose.

Great Blue Heron, Profiling
Great Blue Heron, Profiling

Above is getting to a true profile. Marching along head up high. It’s a challenge move.

Great Blue Heron, Profiling
Great Blue Heron, Profiling

And here is the reason why. Another Great Blue is in space our friend considers his. Territory and impressing a mate are the main reasons for profiling.  Above the other Heron is looking away which can calm the situation.

It’s rare for two Herons to actually fight, noise and flapping wings is considered a fight. Herons and Egrets, that is different. And not pretty.

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