Friday, June 5
We stopped by the tail waters area of Douglas Dam today and got to see a flying
demonstration by several Great Blue Herons. The wind was blowing strongly
upriver, and the herons would fly into the wind, following the river for a
couple hundred yards. I guess they were looking for fish stunned by coming
through the turbines, although we never saw one go in the water. The funny
thing was that the wind was so strong that they would seem to be hovering in
place. They almost looked like pelicans cruising the shore. After the heron got
a little way down the river, it would make a swooping downwind turn and fly
back to the dam at good speed with the tailwind. Then they would turn back into
the wind and start the hovering flight again.
Lynne and Bob Davis
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