Birch Bay is very shallow, almost all the way across, and provides an excellent food source for herons. I've gotten almost all my shots of herons in this area. We were up that way at sunset one evening and the colors of the sunset reflected in the shallow waters.
We had to turn around and find a spot to park on the busy road. Fortunately there was a nice pull-out right next to the heron - and there as also a flock of ducks nearby - that's for another post.
Another car pulled in and a lady got out - just as two bald eagles were passing overhead to land in the nearby trees. She looked at the heron, looked at my and my cameras and asked if I'd seen any shorebirds. I said there were some down the road in a different bay and she rushed back to her car saying, "Herons you can see any day, but shorebirds, not that's interesting." We spent another hour there, getting shots of the ducks and herons until the sun began to fade. I hope she found her shorebirds and enjoyed them - we certainly enjoyed the heron.
As the sun began to set the colors reflected in the water gave a fabulous background for the heron in its search for food.
Stop over at A RURAL JOURNAL and see other "Your Sunday Best" posts - some amazing photos there.