Category Archives: Heron

Being Invisible (Heron Perspective)

Walking down a trail at a local swamp I noticed this Great Blue frozen in place. He was doing his best to be invisible.

Being Invisible (Heron Perspective)
Being Invisible (Heron Perspective)

Truth is he was standing maybe 10 feet off to my right as I walked by. Taking this shot I did the ‘no eye contact’ trick. It worked. He never moved and I walked right by.

From Under Spanish Moss, Heron

I had seen him fly under the moss and land out of sight. He just didn’t come back out.

I’m not great at waiting, and of course the Great Blues are. However, as I was about to give up he jumped out heading back to the rookery trees.

From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron

As a reward he flew right by giving me time to get these.

Great Blues are so darn elegant in flight!

From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron

This last shot is a nice example of what the swamps, and these birds, are like.

Great Blue Heron

The big difference between shooting in a marsh versus a swamp is the distance of the subject. In swamps the birds are comfortable with being closer, and often initiate it themselves.

Below a heron walked in front of me and began hunting in the shallows.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

I stayed on dry ground (big surprise) and the Great Blue wandered in the cut nearby.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

I’m not sure if he caught anything. Eventually he casual walked the other direction.

Swamp Rookery, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston.

Household Chores, Heron

It’s that time of year here, Great Blue Herons nesting.

Household Chores, Heron
Household Chores, Heron
Household Chores, Heron
Household Chores, Heron

If we are lucky, and work a little, a good spot in a swamp gives us the opportunity for photograph scenes like this for a good while.  Once the big birds get motivated for the day there are multiple foraging trips to catch.

Household Chores, Heron
Household Chores, Heron

BTW, he gets motivated when she tells him he is 😁.

Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue

He jumped up, and so did I. Never did see him there until this first shot.

Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue
Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue

Herons were around in these reeds, I had seen some earlier. I just didn’t expect one this close.

Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue
Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue

I don’t think he expected me either.

Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue
Jumped In Front Of Me, Great Blue

A rookery was off on an island in this marsh. Not only were there Great Blues, there were also Spoonbills building nests. While it was a little far we watched the activity for a while.

Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, Florida.