As I sat huddled in the bushes just after sunrise last Saturday near the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh I noticed a pattern. The herons were using the river as a sort of highway. In most cases, they would be flying along its path and then see me and flip out and immediately change direction or veer way out and come back to the river further up stream. Since the river is low again, I was able to get down under the cover of some trees right on the bank and finally got this guy to fly over without noticing me.
***Title reference is from Top Gun (One of the greatest movies of all time. Ok, maybe not greatest, but at least top 200). Maverick requests permission to fly by the tower and this was the response he was given (He does it anyway…epic!).***