Category Archives: Heron

Great Blue Heron, Near Perfect Conditions

This shot should have been over exposed. It was almost noon, wide open in the sun. I can only guess a cloud moved in to save this image. There’s even a dragonfly (tiny, but there) on a tall stalk.

While no drama here I do like the marsh, and forest edge, background.

Great Blue Heron, Near Perfect Conditions
Great Blue Heron, Near Perfect Conditions

The Leap, Great Blue Heron

The shot I always try to catch… ‘Leap Of Faith’. At least that’s what I call it.

The Leap, Great Blue Heron
The Leap, Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron jumping off into space, with swamp waters down below, takes faith.

The Leap, Great Blue Heron
The Leap, Great Blue Heron
The Leap, Great Blue Heron
The Leap, Great Blue Heron
The Leap, Great Blue Heron
The Leap, Great Blue Heron

The whole thing is over in under a second.

This bird has a nest, with young, in the tree. She can jump off, glide, and be in a marsh or river in a few minutes. This is why many return here each year.

Tricolored Herons

A few different Tricolored Heron photographs that had been uploaded but never published. Rather than have several articles here is a random grouping of a favorite critter.

The first set was a quick series of shots when the Heron surprised me by deciding to suddenly leave. We had been watching him for a while, he was actually walking slowly away back into tall reeds.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

While the same marshlands, Merritt Island, the heron below is a different bird.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

Last here, from Orlando Wetlands, a Tricolor on the hunt. It looks like whatever he was stalking was not worth the effort.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

Where Is The Food, Heron

I was not in position when the adult Great Blue briefly landed on the nest. I could see that no food was delivered.

The ‘little guy’ was not happy about the adult leaving without a food drop off.

Where Is The Food, Heron
Where Is The Food, Heron

He was loud and flapping around like a temper tantrum.

Where Is The Food, Heron
Where Is The Food, Heron

This juvenile is the age when the adults really want to be done with them. Feeding them is like a big fight, and dangerous. The young birds attack adults for food.

 

Swamp Night Heron

Another few shots from the Four Hole Swamp.

Black-crowned Night Heron.

Swamp Night Heron
Swamp Night Heron

I saw several Night Herons, it’s just almost impossible to get a clean shot. This is a very dense swamp.

Swamp Night Heron
Swamp Night Heron

Four Holes Swamp is designated a site on the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad – Network to Freedom¬†program.

Some of the Bald Cypress trees here are over 1,000 years old.

Oh yeah, snakes are here… many, many, snakes.