Category Archives: Heron

Great Blue Flight

This is one of my favorite subjects.

Long, lean, and elegant in flight.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

They can be surprisingly fast, especially so if close and trying to fit them into your viewfinder.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

This time of year it’s difficult to get these photographs. Early spring is best when they are out looking for nesting sites.

Great Blue Heron, Charleston, South Carolina.

Knee Deep Tricolor

For some reason he did not fly off. Just the opposite, he plodded right through the marsh. Tricolored Herons, when adult, have ‘ruby red’ eyes. They are amazing.

I judge a Tricolored photograph by how vivid the eye colors, and neck feathers are. A young bird has a less colorful eye, but more distinct shading on their neck.

Knee Deep Tricolor
Knee Deep Tricolor

I’m certainly OK with this shot.

 

Green Heron In A Favorite Spot

After a while you learn which spots certain birds favor. These branches, over water, are the small Herons favorite.

Green Heron In A Favorite Spot
Green Heron In A Favorite Spot

It must be high enough that any passing Alligator either doesn’t see them, or only the biggest can reach.

Green Heron In A Favorite Spot
Green Heron In A Favorite Spot

Any people on the trails are easily seen also.

A place to get some decent shots if the Heron is in the mood.

Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron

A perfect spot for a Little Blue. Shallow water and algae across the top.

Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron
Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron

Every wading bird has their own ‘style’ of hunting, especially when catching fish.

The Little Blue Heron takes advantage of his multi colored bill. The tip of his beak is a dark color fading to a lighter grey.

Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron
Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron

Just a small thing maybe, but the bird can ever so slowly dip his bill into the water and fish don’t see the dark tip coming. Above notice the green plants still on the tip.

Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron
Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron

A quick, and long, stab from above usually shakes any duck weed off.

Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron
Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron

My guess is he was stirring up the water a few moments before I spotted him.

Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron
Gone Fishing, Little Blue Heron

The Little Blue always look to be deep in concentration while fishing though that’s probably due to the distinct yellow eyes.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret

Here a photograph I could not have have taken a few weeks ago, the fall weather has pushed down the high grasses. Now the old wooden structures can be seen. They may have been used to dry nets or as a duck blind years ago when this was still private plantation lands.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

Both the Great Blue and Egret moved around on the old posts catching the first rays of morning sun.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

In a few weeks all these reeds and grasses will become a dull brown, but for now everything is golden.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

These were some of the last photographs of the year in these marshes. Rangers close the dike roads, tens of thousands of acres, each winter to protect the habitat and migrating birds.

Bear Island WMA, South Carolina.