This Great Blue Heron, seen recently in the Bitterroot Valley, is not stretched out with its long legs and long neck.

Perhaps it the chilly temperatures at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge?

Whatever the reason, the heron looks almost regal in this photo.

Quite a few blue heron are found in Mexico during the winter, but they're also common in the U.S. in every season, including Montana.

It often hunts for fish in the ponds, but herons also eat rodents in dry fields.