One day this fall, I watched a juvenile great blue heron fishing in Steep Creek. In typical heron fashion, it stood motionless for long minutes, then quickly jabbed its long bill down into the water after some hapless little fish that passed by. When one hunting spot petered out, the bird moved to a new perch and waited again. Altogether, it made over a dozen tries to capture a fish and succeeded about one-third of the time. A success rate of about 33 percent is not too bad, although an adult, with more experience, would likely have done better.