I saw this heron sitting at the water's edge and hoped to sneak up close enough to get a decent shot without a zoom lens.
This turned out to be a fair shot, but I though I could maybe sneak up closer from behind some low palms.
Of course, I couldn't and ended up startling it away.
Powerful, long wings make the lift off seem efortless.
It is simply amazing to watch them go - those wings are huge.