These large waterbirds are graceful, whether they are standing, perching, or flying. Great blues are a pleasure for me to paint. They are beautiful enough to make even a modest painting attempt look good. The great blue is certainly one of my favorite birds. They seem to be able to eat anything that they can catch. Here in a Florida pond I passed one in the morning trying to swallow a very large bass. A couple of hours later when I passed him again, there he was, still trying to swallow that bass.