The brine dripping of his beak
I have a tendency to be impatient. Ok so now that's out of the way here is the story...
Last week after doing an engagement session I took some time to walk the beach and catch the sunset. Down towards the north end of SandKey Beach I notice a melee of avian activity and so strolled on down to get a closer look. Turns out the fishing is good at that end and while the sea was too rough for boaters, the pelicans were having a day of it. I had never seen that concentration of birds feeding at will for what seemed like the better of three hours.
The ol' Kamikaze style fishing technique was working brilliantly for pelicans and seagulls alike. Then, camouflaged by the rocks a young Great Blue Heron was also trying to capitalize on the moment. I must have noticed a minimum of 40-50 stabs of the beak into the salty brine with no fish at the end of each attempt. Speaking of firsts, I'd also never seen a heron luck out and try so many times before.
All this curious activity is pretty easily explained. The pelicans were experts and the heron was still learning. Right? Though for me what emerged was the quote I've shared on the photo itself, "Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." -Churchill
Hungry and hunting on my own it might be easy to keep going, especially when I'm starving. This isn't really courage (I think) it's really just our carnal need to preserve our life. In my own experience, there seems to be a paradigm shift when all this effort (albeit of my own doing) seems to mock me when seemingly, everyone around me is eating well and I'm down and out. To not loose enthusiasm in the face of this challenge indeed seems courageous. I've been taught by a heron- Keep fishing!
Hopefully, if you've read thus far you see this as a positive and not a negative "woe is me" type summary. On the contrary I enjoyed seeing this moment played out by birds and it served as a source of encouragement and inspiration for me. I hope it will do the same for you!
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