Category Archives: Heron

Dancing The Twist, Heron

This juvenile Little Blue almost turned himself inside out trying fluff up his feathers.

Dancing The Twist, Heron - click to enlarge
Dancing The Twist, Heron – click to enlarge

This is a young bird that appears to have never left the rookery area. Granted they all look alike, but there is a first year Little Blue always in the same general area.

Dancing The Twist, Heron - click to enlarge
Dancing The Twist, Heron – click to enlarge

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Great Blue, Edge Of The Marsh

Just a great spot to photograph a big heron.

Great Blue, Edge Of The Marsh - click to enlarge
Great Blue, Edge Of The Marsh – click to enlarge

Not being too close he made no move to leave. When that happens we have plenty of time to change camera settings and focal lengths.

Great Blue, Edge Of The Marsh - click to enlarge
Great Blue, Edge Of The Marsh – click to enlarge

Comparing the two images here you can see a slightly different background in the one directly above. A small change in position gave me a new perspective…and he was fine with it since I didn’t really get any closer.

Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh

Tricolored Herons  measure from 56 to 76 cm (22 to 30 in) long and has a wingspan of 96 cm (38 in). They are not like the Great Blues. They might be more aggressive though.

Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh - click to enlarge
Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh – click to enlarge

I find more in the marshlands than swamps. This fall and winter there appears to be more than last year.

Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh - click to enlarge
Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh – click to enlarge
Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh - click to enlarge
Tricolored Heron At The Edge Of A Marsh – click to enlarge

Most of the information states they breed further south, down in South and Central America. However I see many juveniles that look much too young to have come up north. Probably like many other species they are staying up here.

 

Great Blue Heron, By A River

I may have become spoiled and expect everything to be easy. When I lived in New England getting shots like this was just plain hard. And I appreciated them when they came.

It comes every day in the lowcountry. Well almost. This was taken during a slow day, not many opportunities for a large series of incredible animals.

Great Blue Heron, On A River - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron, On A River – click to enlarge

I captured these, and a few others. Slow day, yes. But really…

By A Canal - click to enlarge
By A Canal – click to enlarge

Waiting For The Tide, Heron

When the tide turns all the predators gather. All it takes is one to begin feeding and the schools of fish start to move.

Waiting For The Tide - click to enlarge
Waiting For The Tide – click to enlarge

If they start to move out Pelicans and Dolphins are waiting. Near shore the herons and smaller birds wait.

At least that’s the way it’s supposed to work. Some days we all,  predators and photographers, just sit around and look at each other.

 

Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight

The Little Blue was the first I have seen in over a month. This was shot in a marsh and I believe during the fall and winter they move close to the shore.

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Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight – click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight – click to enlarge

This birds legs are still clearly green so most likely he is one of last years young.

Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight – click to enlarge

In June this area will be filled with them again, a small bird rookery is only a few miles away.

Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, A Welcome Sight – click to enlarge