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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron has always been a fascinating bird to me.  I do not like them invading my favorite fishing areas, but they are such a beautiful graceful bird in flight.  Their colors change with the season and are always beautiful.  Here a young one flies along the shore of Henrys Lake.


Several years ago this one speered a catfish and wore it for at least two days.


Here a young one hunts for minnow in the shallows.


This adult is chasing a rodent in a stubble field near Rexburg, but did not catch it.

Just another year around resident bird of Madison County.

24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! the one in flight with the speared catfish is phenomenal! poor bird didn't know what he was getting into! :)

Andrew said...

Wonderful images of your beautiful Heron... lovely to see.

Gary said...

Great sequence. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dave said...

Nice images of your local Great Blue Heron.

This evening I had our local Grey Heron fly over the roof of my work, great site in suburbia

Dave

mick said...

A beautiful bird to be able to see year-round. The one with the fish on its beak is especially good.

Carol Blackburn said...

Great shots, Bill. I can never get close enough to get shots like these.

eileeninmd said...

Great photos of the heron, Bill! My favorite is the one in flight with the fish.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy to see you back and always happy to see your birds. (Do you mean that bird couldn't get rid of the fish?)

I was strolling yesterday evening and daydreaming and scared up a great blue from his feeding spot -- even though I've seen many of them, his squack nearly gave me a heart attack!

Farmchick said...

I always enjoy watching these birds. Great captures.

missing moments said...

the speared catfish is an awesome capture.
I love these beautiful birds.

Kim, USA said...

Wow this is awesome! Love your photos!

WBW

Montanagirl said...

Fantastic captures! I love the Speared Catfish shot the best.

Springman said...

Excellent series topped off by that crazy good #2 take of the heron carting off the catfish. I think the flyfishermen that stalk the river behind my house might learn a thing or two from watching a Blue heron ply it's trade. They can empty out a fishing hole I suppose, shame on 'em! Mostly I see them dining on minnows though.
Fantastic post Bill!

Jean said...

Super shots of the GBH Bill!
At least they don't fish for more than they can eat...at one meal.:)

Kathiesbirds said...

Great shots of the herons! I feel sorry for the one with the fish on its beak! What an amazing shot though.

Arija said...

Love those dark flight feathers. I have one fishing in our farm dam and do not mind at all as long as he keeps visiting.

bailey-road.com said...

Fabulous photos!

JRandSue said...

Superb flight captures,love your header.
John.

Wendy said...

Love the shot with the fish! Very nice photo!

Laurence and Maria Butler said...

Cool shots. I know the feeling too about cool birds in my fishing spots. During the summer, I'm always taunted by the Osprey effortessly pulling trout out of the water, while I fiddle with corn or powerbait or whatever the locals say they're chompin on that day.

Thanks for sharing.

Farmchick said...

I love that second shot with the fish.

Julie G. said...

Glorious images of Great Blue Herons, Bill! They are one of my favorite birds to photograph. The action captures are especially outstanding. Beautiful! A joy to visit your wonderful blog.

Leslie said...

We have great blue herons here in Florida, too, and I find them amazing birds to photograph. That second photo of the heron who speared a catfish is especially good. I admire their beauty and dignity, but they are rather ruthless fellows around our neighborhood lakes... always after the baby ducklings.

Robin R Robinson said...

Smashing GBH with fish! WOOOOOOOOOWWWW!