Last month at Lake Martin, we observed an interesting interaction. We first saw a juvenile Little Blue Heron relaxing alone atop a stumpy cypress tree well out into the lake.
Later, an Anhinga crept up the tree behind the young heron.
At first the heron seemed determined to remain in place, but when the Anhinga reached the top, that was apparently a bit too frightening.
The Anhinga settled in at the top of the tree and remained there, leisurely sunning its wings and preening.
Because this event occurred too far away to adequately fill the frame of a 400-mm lens, these images are heavily cropped and have an image quality below what I would have liked. Nevertheless, I optimistically decided they were interesting enough to post. I hope you agree.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.