|Lake Riley, Cobbs Hill Park, Rochester , NY (7/9/12).|
The above image depicts the most recent incarnation of what I annually refer to as the Lake Riley Heron. Though it is not particularly not unusual to observe blue herons in our part of New York state, they are more frequently cited in more secluded, or rural areas, such as along either the Erie Canal or Genessee River or even in some suburban backyards.
I have been intrigued by the fact that each year a single blue heron roosts somewhere in the general vicinity of the small man made lake directly off the expressway near the heart of our rather large metropolitan area. I've discerned that each year it is a new one given the bird's size (which changes) and plumage. Clearly in these images from he past few years, I can look forward to tracking and profiling (if I'm quick enough with a camera) the growth of this particular blue heron, too.
It's once again time to leave my camera in the car just in case I (time permitting) have to pull over quickly to snap a quick pic!