Four feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan and a long neck carried in an s-shaped curve; imagine this heron roosting in a tree, or a whole colony building stick nests in trees. Most of these herons migrate, but a few can be seen here over the winter stalking rodents in the fields. When streams and lakes are unfrozen, they wade slowly, watching for small fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds to eat.
Published Oct. 7, 2009, in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Text by Barb Gorges, photo by Pete Arnold.