Aging Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge

Aging Great Blue Heron

This bird is a constant presence in the marshes along the Ashley River. At first I had thought it was young and the feathers were still forming. No, not the case.

Aging Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Aging Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

Now that I have been close and photographed him several times it’s clear this bird is aging. However, considering the environment that’s a good thing.

Aging Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Aging Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Aging Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Aging Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

This means the heron is smart and a good hunter. Having experienced the mortality rate of young chicks I hope to see more of these older birds.

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