Great Blue Heron

Showing off by brakes.

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This Great Blue Heron came in for a landing not far from us. This photo captured my attention because it shows many of its feathers flared out. I assume the feathers are used to help it slow down.

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That’s an interesting observation about the “braking” feathers on the GBH. Much like the landing flaps on an airplane! I’ll have to look for that in the future.