This heron put a plucky cormorant back in his place after he tried to upstage the natural pecking order. The Great Blue Heron lived up to his name and squawked loudly at the black waterbird for pushing his luck in a battle for territory on a small lake.
Photographer Christopher Schlaf, 51, said the heron was happily sitting on a tree that had fallen in the water when the intruder flew in and started a fight. But the majestic larger bird soon showed him who was boss. Mr Schlaf took the shots near his home in Romeo, Michigan, USA. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.
Pictured: The Heron and the Cormorant battling for the fallen tree.