One of the most photographed birds on the Mendonoma Coast is the Great Blue Heron. Allen Vinson recently spotted one. They have a stateliness to them but they can move FAST when they spot prey.
Allen photographed a different Great Blue Heron a while back. This photo is entitled, "And we have liftoff!"
To hear the calls of a Great Blue Heron, here's the link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/sounds
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here.