Often when I’m walking the dog through Law Park in Briarcliff Manor, I come across water birds (e.g. herons, egrets, cormorants etc.) in, or on the edge of the pond. There are lots of fish in the pond, which I imagine makes it attractive to the birds. Usually they don’t let me get too close. As I move off the path (I’d guess about 20-25 feet from the pond) they generally take to the air either to the other side of the pond, or up into one of the nearby trees.
This one was the exception. I started taking pictures as soon as I stepped off the path. To my surprise the bird showed no inclination to fly off. I slowly went closer and closer, taking pictures as I went until eventually I ended up right on the rim of the pond – only two or three feet from the bird. Still the bird didn’t take off.
As I finished the bird finally lost interest and flew off to the other side of the pool.
I believe it’s a Great Blue Heron.
Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.