Feathers On Friday: Mr Yellow Legs

Yesterday, on our way back from grocery shopping, we decided to stop by our local wildlife sanctuary. As usual, we saw many contenders for my blog post today, but the clear winner was the tricoloured heron who nonchalantly sat on the guardrail of the boardwalk. He let me get so close that I could have reached out and touched him and he never batted an eyelid.

I spoke to him softly and commiserated with him that he seemed to have only one leg. He listened patiently and then magically produced his other yellow leg from deep in his undercarriage. ” Tah-da! There you go. No worries.” πŸ™‚

I was so relieved to see he hadn’t lost a leg, but still marvelled at how he could manage to stand on one leg for so long. When I do my ‘Golden Rooster’ pose in T’ai Chi, I can only balance for a few seconds. Maybe he could teach me a thing or two. For one thing, I’d love to learn how to take off from standing and soar up into the air. Just imagine how impressed all my friends would be.


Wishing you all a perfect weekend with lots of fun times.

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54 comments on “Feathers On Friday: Mr Yellow Legs

  1. I’d certainly be VERY impressed indeed were you to take off into the air!
    He is quite beautiful and so much more tolerant of photographers than most of the birds out here. Perhaps they’ve had bad encounters with too many hunters. 😦

      • I suspect you could be right about Mr Yellow Legs. Or do you think he might dislike being called “yellow legs” and he was hiding one, hoping you might not notice?

  2. I’ve seen this behavior in birds of prey here as well as Great Blue Herons and Canadian Geese. It would seem this behavior is when they are sleeping or resting. Very cool shots, Sylvia! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  3. Lovely shots of the Heron, he looks very relaxed. I agree on the balancing for Tai Chi he’s doing it so effortlessly.. …and yes, imagine being able to fly…..wonderful!

  4. handsomely beautiful! i had a second look at the first photo. it looks like he had this lifeless tree on his beak. great shots! a wonderful weekend to you, too, Sylvia πŸ™‚

  5. He does look very contemplative, standing there surveying the scenery. There is an open day at our local T’ai Chi group next weekend and I’m planning to go and find out more. I might soon be doing a ‘Golden Rooster’ too.

    • He was definitely too deep in thought to be bothered about me. Obviously very used to humans chatting to him. πŸ˜… Good luck with the Golden Rooster if you decide to take up T’ai chi. I’m going to have to practise at home. πŸ˜…

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