A great blue heron perches on an old snag about thirty feet above the surface of a small pond. We parked to watch, sketch, and photograph and were treated to a variety of behaviors. Not only did he preen, but he coughed up a pellet and dropped his wings for several minutes in order to speed up the drying process. I assume he drenched his feathers while hunting.
For more about the heron go to my blog: www.elvafieldnotes.blogspot.com