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Bay | Great Blue Heron
He is a wonder of nature and has an incredible strength of will and survival. I met Bay on February 26, 2018 photographing at my secret place.This secret place is a nice little marsh area tucked away that is frequently visited by Anhingas, Double-crested Cormorants, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Egrets and a single Belted Kingfisher. I love the quietness and greeting the early morning walkers with a gentle smile and a soft good morning. But something was different... I noticed that the Anhinga had a big portion of its lower bill missing and some pretty ruffed up feathers. I couldn't imagine what this bird went through as it was fighting for its life. It survived whatever it encountered and continued with its regular routine. While photographing the Anhinga, I noticed the Double-crested Cormorant... I saw something on its left leg, it was fishing line. 📷Bay I was able to get a couple feet from the bird but unable to see how the fishing line was entangled. Later in the day, downloading all my photos I noticed something strange...I had to take a closer look and couldn't believe what I was seeing......I didn't even noticed that the Great Blue Heron had fishing line in its throat. I called a rehabber and she went out, but couldn't find him that day. I went back there the following day to see if I could locate him, but there was no sight of him. 📷 On February 28, I went back in the morning and there he was, perched on the rocks hanging out and preening his feathers. I called the rehabber and waited till she arrived. I kept taking photos and reviewing them in-between shots. I was and still today devastated to see what you are looking at now. I can't imagine how much pain he is in. This fishing line is wrapped multiple times around his tongue and proceeds down his throat. When the rehabber arrived, and without the proper equipment she was unable to contain Bay and as soon as she was in his line of vision, he took off. After she left, I was extremely devastated. I walked to my car, frustrated and heartbroken. As I drove slowly on Bayou Drive, I spotted Bay hanging out on the bank. I stopped, got out and stood near the edge of the road and after a couple of minutes he flew over towards me. 📷 So we hung out together, had a wonderful conversation for about thirty minutes and then he flew back into the marsh to find some fish. Its good that he can fly and I have seen him eat, but the concern is how much longer can he survive until his tongue does loose circulation. I will be back checking on him. This is not his fault and no way should him or any other wildlife suffer by what people can control. This what happens when people are irresponsible. Fishing is a wonderful relaxing outdoor activity... but please become educated about discarding used fishing line or unwanted fishing line and accessories. HIS FACEBOOK PAGE: Bay | The Great Blue Heron