Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. --Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet and novelist.
Though they're fairly common in this region, I am always thrilled to spot a Great Blue Heron feeding in a stream. This one let me take a few photos before flying downstream. Their wingspan is impressive -- usually around 70 inches. [click to enlarge]