This is a Great Blue Heron I spied at Sea Pines Forest Preserve at Hilton Head, SC. Even though I live near a lake in North Carolina and see these birds often, the few times I have come close to one, they have been startled and have flown quickly away, just like this fellow did. He quickly crossed the water (which was full of alligators - but that is for another post!):
But the fellow below was quite unique. He not only didn't fly away, he seemed almost as curious about me as I was him (her?). Has this ever happened to any of you before? He wasn't injured and didn't seem addled in the brain... I googled and now realize that in Florida some of these instinctively shy birds beg for food from fisherman and do get quite close.
Well, it was a unique moment for me. And I have tried to express how I felt in the short poem below.
Time Stood Still
Unnaturally close we stood
Expectantly you looked at me
with eyes unwaveringly bold.
Amazingly I felt befriended;
I walked closer, tempted to touch,
but dignity and awe prevailed.
A joyous lightness stirred my heart.
The ocean breeze encircled us
as tidal waves awashed our feet;
A moment shared, remarkable!
So grand you slowly walked away...
My breath exhaled and time resumed.
By Margaret Bednar, Art Happens, May 4, 2011