A Great Blue Heron relaxing and waiting at Vermillion Lakes, Banff National Park.
These big birds will soon start to migrate southward to northern South America. They normally will travel during the daytime and travel from Banff as a single or in small flocks.
It is rare, though not unheard of, for an occasional Great Blue Heron to successfully survive a winter in the north if it can find open water.
They will be back next spring, the Great Blue Heron can live up to 18 years old in the wild.