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At first there is only silence. I am nearly laying in the muck, slowly crawling on my hands and knees, trying my best to be invisible. Inch by inch I move forward, towards the water. I finally arrive and peer out from the water's edge, slowly sighting in my target. Again everything is completely silent, there is no breeze and the birds are eerily quiet. It is so incredibly rare to be this quiet at an open marshy area and today I'm lucky enough to be visiting Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on such a day. In the distance, in the shallow marsh water, are two amazing birds beginning to fish. I settle in, precariously balanced trying to keep a very low profile all while trying to stay as dry as possible. I take a few initial photos to get proper exposure and just to document the birds before they possibly fly away. At this low angle near the water I can tell there is the potential for some great photos, if only the birds will come closer. As I'm watching I start to notice the Tri-colored Heron seems to be wandering towards me. Patience pays off and after about 15 minutes the heron comes within range.