Category Archives: Heron

Graceful And Elegant, Great Blue Heron

As they say, it’s all about location. I was up a little high, on a dike, when this bird flew. This series of photographs details the wing motions of the big bird.

Graceful, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
Graceful, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge
Graceful, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
Graceful, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

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Great Blue Heron, Old Rice Field

The day I shot this image we were particularly busy with flocks of Wood Storks. This Heron was off alone and photographing him was not a high priority. In hind sight that was a mistake since the location was a great spot.

Great Blue Heron, Old Rice Field - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron, Old Rice Field – click to enlarge

Lesson learned.

Great Blue Heron, Old Rice Field - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron, Old Rice Field – click to enlarge

Great Blue Flying Low

These images were taken a few weeks ago, uploaded to this site, and promptly forgotten. I do remember thinking they were really borderline shots, and I still do. However, I have not been working on a PC for over a week, and these shots were here ready to be added. So please indulge me and my photography obsession.

Great Blue Flying Low - click to enlarge
Great Blue Flying Low – click to enlarge

These were from another dark day and I was using a lens that was both short and slow for this type of shot.

Great Blue Flying Low - click to enlarge
Great Blue Flying Low – click to enlarge

I admit to keeping some borderline photographs when they were taken with ‘all the wrong stuff’ and somehow are really not horrid.

The sign of a good, well disciplined, photographer is being able to be objective and brutal when reviewing their own work before displaying to the public.

I’m just not there yet.

Young Little Blue Still Around The Swamp

This young Little Blue Heron has been around this corner of the swamp since he first learned to fly. OK, I assume it’s the same one. Juvenile Little Blues are near marshes and the shore now.

Young Little Blue Still Around The Swamp - click to enlarge
Young Little Blue Still Around The Swamp – click to enlarge
Young Little Blue Still Around The Swamp - click to enlarge
Young Little Blue Still Around The Swamp – click to enlarge

This bird sticks close the bank, in the thick algae. The bird is healthy and always finds food so I guess there really isn’t any reason to move.

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Completely Surprised Me, Great Blue Heron

Herons will always bend their knees right before jumping into the air, that’s how you know to be ready. Well, nobody told this one.

Completely Surprised Me, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
Completely Surprised Me, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

He just fell forward and started to flap.

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Juvenile Great Blue Heron

Herons will hide, and blend in, on the banks of marshes. Reeds and brush make it very easy to never even notice them.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
Juvenile Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

This one assumed he was invisible and stayed motionless while we photographed him from multiple angles.

Based on the size and lack of the longer head feathers I’m thinking one of this years young from the near by rookery.

 

Now What Does He Do With It, Heron

This bird caught a fish that was huge. When you look at these photographs it’s hard to believe he could swallow it.

Now What Does He Do With It, Heron - click to enlarge
Now What Does He Do With It, Heron – click to enlarge

They catch and eat ones larger than this. It’s not easy, but the manage.

Now What Does He Do With It, Heron - click to enlarge
Now What Does He Do With It, Heron – click to enlarge

A few other Heron noticed his catch and came around looking to maybe steal it so after a few minutes he took off into the deep reeds.

Now What Does He Do With It, Heron - click to enlarge
Now What Does He Do With It, Heron – click to enlarge

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