Heron at Cataraqui Falls
Heron at Cataraqui Falls, Kingston Mills
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2004

This photo is a good example why, when travelling along the Rideau, it is worth exploring, poking into various nooks and crannies. Too many people get caught up in the "getting from point A to point B". Slow down, take time to discover the Rideau.

In this case, this is the sight that greeted me as I poked my way along the original river channel of the Cataraqui River, past the lower lock of the lockstation at Kingston Mills, under the railway bridge, to the location of the original Cataraqui Falls. As I turned the final corner, this is what I saw. The photo doesn't do justice to the slender beauty of the heron against a backdrop of pink granite and the rushing water of the falls. The moment was fleeting as herons are shy birds and this one almost immediately took off, to find a spot where an annoying human wouldn't bother it.

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