Herons are some of the largest birds we see in the desert Southwest. I occasionally see them flying over our neighborhood, but usually they are associated with water. Phoenix has a large, mostly dry, river running through it, but in spots there are ponds and lakes. Because of the urban development, there are also many smaller lakes and water features that have contributed to the spread of these wonderful birds. This one was standing still for many minutes waiting for a meal to swim into view.