Thursday, May 12, 2005

THE GREAT BLUE HERON

        

After months of failed attempts I was finally able to sneak up on a great blue heron.  Unfortunately it had nothing to do with my tracking abilities.  I had scared the bird off twice, and when I had all but given up and was walking back to the truck, it landed about 10 yards from where I had parked.  I sneaked around the side of Big Red and was able to hide behind a tree for this shot.

My cover didn't last long.  Can you say 'busted!'  As soon as our eyes met I knew my cover was blown and he took off across the pond.

I was getting ready to pack it all up and jump in the truck when the heron pounced on something in the middle of the pond and flew to the opposite bank.  He appeared to be stabbing the fish, then he rinsed it off and swallowed it whole.

Not only did he wash his food before he ate, he bathed after his meal.  Hows that for hygiene?  I do believe he has better table manners than my kids do.

11 comments:

demandnlilchit said...

Well Dorn he certainly vogued for you that day!!!! He probably thought might as well she's been stalking me long enough! lol you blue heron paparazzi! lmaooooo

joolsinwa said...

yeah!! patience paid off!cool pics!
~ Julie~ http://journals.aol.com/joolsinwa/randommusingsofmymind

tc01hm said...

Nice series and great luck as a reward for dogged determination! You nailed the head shot out of the reeds.

sunflowerkat321 said...

Wow!!  You're incredibly lucky to get ONE good photo of these birds.  You have FOUR!!!

I would LOVE to get a chance to photograph one.  They do spook SO easy!!!

astaryth said...

Great Pics!!!
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ctx424 said...

Wow

cw2smom said...

What an interesting opportunity you had to see what Herron's do with food and bathing!  I've never seen this type of bird around here.  I am soooo envious of your subject matter!  Lol, Lisa

labdancer51 said...

I`m afraid that herons are not much liked where I live because they eat fish from  garden ponds!  We don`t have blue herons though.  Just a smaller grey variety.  Yours are much prettier.  Have a great weekend!  :-)   Sandra xxx

gotomaria said...

As par usual gorgeous photos again...we have grey herons here in Seattle and they look like teradactyls....kindof when they are flying in the air.  We had one visit our backyard little manmade pond and it ate the Koi fish....so now it's just a water pond....oh well...

cneinhorn said...

every time I see a peacock, camera in  hand I am prepared....and they never open their feathers for me!!!  great shot Jodi, love it and the 'ku too  :-)

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zapper44z said...

I just wanted to say thanks.  Your pictures are great.  I really enjoy photography and your photos are wonderfull.  I love the outdoors and I am from Idaho and love nature.  I just want to let you know you bring a good feeling into my heart when I view your photos.  I have put you on my alert list.  I can only say good job.  I will be looking often.  THANKS

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