Early morning at the heron rookery...

that is technically termed a “heronry.” Early morning is the best time to catch waking activity in the roost, now occupied by two.

This Northern Flicker...

was perched on a tree trunk no more than four meters away, basking in the sun and all puffed up for maximum insulation in this frigid weather.

Image shot with my new Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens - through an unwashed double-pane window. I’m pretty pleased.

Image shot with my new Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens - through an unwashed double-pane window. I’m pretty pleased.

Close-up of breast feathers in image above.

Close-up of breast feathers in image above.