We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have often wondered: How do birds like this avoid frostbite? Feathers protect the body, but how about those thin legs and "webbed toes" immersed in icy water? (and cold salty water can be even colder than 32°) Is there blood circulation there? And what keeps it from freezing? Does anybody here know?
Ralph of New London
That's not a hunting posture. On the hunt, these pretty birds stretch upward to their max height and stand stock-still for long periods waiting for something edible to wander by. That pose says "Damn! My feet are cold."
Wandered into a heron rookery in a stand of cottonwood trees while out fishing along the Boise River. There was lots of squawking and excitement for a few moments. Only time I remember seeing more than one heron at a time.