I have tried many times over the years to get a good photograph of a Great Blue Heron but I have been hampered by their shyness and the lack of a powerful telephoto lens. At Reifel Bird Sanctuary, the rules change.
Not all, but a good number of the birds are permanent residents of this refuge and are used to the many people that come through the park with cameras and bags of bird seed, available at the visitor center.
This makes for some really great close-ups and a great experience when the birds feed out of your hand.
Even these Sand Cranes with their rapier like beaks have a gentle touch and very precisely peck at one grain at a time.
I suppose that the only downside to doing something like this is getting pooped on. We got lucky and made a clean getaway.