Category Archives: Heron

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

I took this shot across a marsh, the photograph itself taken a little wide.  I wanted to catch the entire scene, and any interaction that might happen between these two.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

The Heron walked past the Egret and postured in the ‘ready for anything’ stance.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

An adult Great Egret will choose to keep away from the larger Heron, this one was no exception.

I think the Heron was considering chasing the Egret, but since the bird didn’t move he thought better of it and continued on.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

Funny, but after the Great Blue walked by I thought the Egret was going to sneak up on him. He certainly looked to be considering it.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

The Little Blue featured here is probably just a few months away from being a full adult. The white feathers are almost gone.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

I find the light, almost grey colors, interesting because the bird will soon be a deep and dark blue.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

The pigmentation in the existing feathers must change quickly. If the color is depending on new growth I’m guessing we would have a large number of ‘plucked chickens’ walking around the swamps.

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My Second Meeting, Tricolored Heron

This was the second time, in the same day, I photographed this Heron.

My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron
My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron

It was also the same exact spot.

My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron
My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron

He did change the direction he was facing. But that was all.

My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron
My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron

There was several hours between my first sighting too. That is unusual.

My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron
My Second Meeting, Tricolored heron

There is no food delivery, and there is always something bigger that wants to eat you…why stay in one spot?

Tricolor In The Reeds

A Tricolored Heron, photographed at a wildlife management area.

Tricolor In The Reeds
Tricolor In The Reeds

These mid-sized Herons have been out in large numbers the last month. I have also seen more than the usual number juveniles around.

Tricolor In The Reeds
Tricolor In The Reeds

This adult had found a dry mound of reeds and stayed right there.

Tricolor In The Reeds
Tricolor In The Reeds

Above he was giving me the ‘look’. But him remained on his little hill.

Almost Adult, Heron

This is a Little Blue Heron in the last stages of a color change. We have had a number around and it is interesting to watch.

Almost Adult, Heron
Almost Adult, Heron

This one was fishing in a dark swamp and it made for some images that clearly showed the change.

Almost Adult, Heron
Almost Adult, Heron

For 18 months the juvenile is pure white, almost like an Egret.

Almost Adult, Heron
Almost Adult, Heron

Above the dark blue shows what he will be in a few more months.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Of all the large wading birds nothing beats the Great Blue Heron during flight.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Their large wings have multiple layers of feathers, even a cape across their back.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

In these photographs you can clearly see all the different feathers, and how they are used during this landing.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Unlike the large Wood Storks, a Great Blue almost always makes the perfect touch down.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

This Heron did a silent glide right to the swamp and lightly dropped down.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Reflections And Mud

These were taken near the Ashley River, Charleston, South Carolina right before Hurricane Doria. Water was low, just as the wading birds like it.

Reflections And Mud
Reflections And Mud

Above a Great Egret was working through the mud, while below a Blue Heron was doing the same.

Reflections And Mud
Reflections And Mud

This area is inaccessible now since the storm however I did see photographs taken nearby. A mess, but even though there was a loss of big trees it could have been much worse.