The two big herons where back on the lawn this morning. I managed to get a few pictures, they are taken through smugged window glass and resized, so the clarity isn't the greatest, but enough to see what a heron is all about. Here are some pictures.
After they left, one left a gift on the lawn, a big 12" long feather. A very special evolution , a strong hollow stem (can anyone say straw) and unique fletching make for an almost weightless material. It's easy to see why older cultures came up with so many uses( quill pens, arrow fletching, decoration etc.) for this unique material.