I appreciate these photos of a family of blue herons. I wish I had my video camera to capture all seven of the birds flying and swooping about. Their voices were amazing to hear. Usually, there will always be one or two blue herons on the pine tree so seeing seven magnificent birds was incredible. (I don’t have a camera lens able to zoom in close enough to see all of the birds in the trees) If my camera had the power of the binoculars I use, the photos would be amazing as I discovered that several of the birds were young herons learning how to fly and soar and swoop. As soon as a young heron would land on a branch, the mature heron would squawk and coax the young one to go again and again and again. At one point, the mature herons chased away other mature herons from perching on their trees. I’ve seen a Mocking Bird fight another bird out of its territory but this was the first to see a great blue heron showing dominance over another great blue. Now multiply that by two because there were four mature birds announcing their presence. Watching the action and hearing the squawking sounds and flapping of wings reminded me of a scene from a movie about dinosaurs with the pterodactyl defending its turf.
I couldn’t help but think of Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?