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Unexpected Waterbird Visitors at the National Mall

After Tim spotted a great blue heron in an artificial lake in Constitution Gardens on the National Mall the other day, we went down there on Wednesday armed with cameras to try to find him again. Not only did we find the heron, but also several cormorants and countless geese and ducks. It was pretty amazing to see the heron and cormorants on the mall as there arenít any large fish in the water, but they seemed to make do with hunting tiny prey.

Needless to say, we took a lot of pictures over the course of a couple of hours, so this gallery will be ongoing for a while.
Me and my friend the great blue heron
Me and my friend the great blue heron
Great blue heron with catch
Great blue heron with catch
That eye
That eye
Rapt attention
Rapt attention
Intent
Intent
The strike
The strike
Success!
Success!
Another point of view
Another point of view
In the shadow of the Washington Monument
In the shadow of the Washington Monument
Showing off that iridescent color
Showing off that iridescent color
Catching the light
Catching the light
The gaggle
The gaggle
Cormorant capades: Racing ahead (1/4)
Cormorant capades: Racing ahead (1/4)
Cormorant capades: Resurfacing (2/4)
Cormorant capades: Resurfacing (2/4)
Cormorant capades: Taking a breather (3/4)
Cormorant capades: Taking a breather (3/4)
Cormorant capades: Air dry (4/4)
Cormorant capades: Air dry (4/4)
The strike (1/8)
The strike (1/8)
The commotion (2/8)
The commotion (2/8)
The catch (3/8)
The catch (3/8)
The meal (4/8)
The meal (4/8)
Deep 'dive' (5/8)
Deep 'dive' (5/8)
The snack (6/8)
The snack (6/8)
Positioning (7/8)
Positioning (7/8)
Down the gullet (8/8)
Down the gullet (8/8)
Not his best side
Not his best side
Surrounded
Surrounded
The contortionist
The contortionist
Showing off
Showing off
Keeping an eye out
Keeping an eye out
Classic
Classic
Portrait of a heron
Portrait of a heron
The struggle
The struggle
Bonanza
Bonanza
Ready to pounce
Ready to pounce
Portrait of a cormorant
Portrait of a cormorant
The pose
The pose
Living in reflections of grandeur
Living in reflections of grandeur
Just chillin'
Just chillin'
Salad
Salad
Fall on the Mall
Fall on the Mall
Postscript: Heading back to the lake
Postscript: Heading back to the lake
Postscript: Heron contemplating his next move
Postscript: Heron contemplating his next move
Postscript: Apparition of the heron
Postscript: Apparition of the heron
Postscript: Out of its element
Postscript: Out of its element
Bad hair day
Bad hair day
Taking in the sun
Taking in the sun
Dramatic pose
Dramatic pose
Coming and going
Coming and going
If you've got an itch, scratch it!
If you've got an itch, scratch it!
The search
The search
Buddies
Buddies
The glare
The glare
The heron made it into The Washington Post!
The heron made it into The Washington Post!
The entertainers
The entertainers
The celebrity heron
The celebrity heron
Sitting pretty
Sitting pretty
Soldiering on
Soldiering on
The survivor
The survivor
Me and the heron
Me and the heron
More than just a leaf
More than just a leaf
Down the hatch
Down the hatch
Was it something I said?
Was it something I said?
Behind the curtain
Behind the curtain
The ballerina
The ballerina
The punk heron
The punk heron
Chilly cormorant
Chilly cormorant
Face-on
Face-on
The gang
The gang
The model mallard
The model mallard
The beautiful Mrs. Mallard
The beautiful Mrs. Mallard
Tired of pictures?
Tired of pictures?
Opposing forces
Opposing forces
Peaceful coexistence
Peaceful coexistence
Cormorant reflected
Cormorant reflected
The exuberant cormorant
The exuberant cormorant
Reflections with heron
Reflections with heron
On the lookout
On the lookout
Unimpressed
Unimpressed
The ultimate survivor
The ultimate survivor
Shovelers shoveling
Shovelers shoveling
Pretty feathers
Pretty feathers
Up for air
Up for air
The well-coiffed heron
The well-coiffed heron
Mr. and Mrs. Gadwall
Mr. and Mrs. Gadwall
Playing hard to get (reloaded)
Playing hard to get (reloaded)
Awkward shoveler moment
Awkward shoveler moment
Heron reflections
Heron reflections
The 'shovel'
The 'shovel'
Getting ready to move on
Getting ready to move on
Movin' on
Movin' on
The duck with the blue bill
The duck with the blue bill
Posing shoveler
Posing shoveler
Mr. and Mrs. Wigeon
Mr. and Mrs. Wigeon
Sunbathing mallard
Sunbathing mallard
Interloper
Interloper
Different take on the shoveler
Different take on the shoveler
Last cormorant standing
Last cormorant standing
The takeover
The takeover
The gosling
The gosling
The goose family
The goose family
Following in mom's footsteps
Following in mom's footsteps
Giving me the eye
Giving me the eye
Surprise visitor
Surprise visitor
Watchful eye
Watchful eye
Odd gosling out
Odd gosling out
The setting
The setting
Change of pace
Change of pace
Gettin' outta there
Gettin' outta there
Cold shoulder
Cold shoulder
Reflections
Reflections
Making a statement
Making a statement
Watchful eye
Watchful eye
The duck family
The duck family
Bird bath
Bird bath
National Park Service to the rescue!
National Park Service to the rescue!