I realized I may have been neglecting my favorite bird the great blue heron by not posting any photos of them yet this month. So I thought these two recent photos of this handsome heron would be appropriate for a Monday to start off our week.
In the first photo you can see it flying across the marsh pond with the trees along the side reflecting green in the water. By the time the great blue begins his descent, he has arrived in a clear portion of the pond where only the light grey sky is reflected in the water. The great blue heron is one of our larger wading birds and may appear a bit gangly when walking, but they are quite elegant flyers.
Thanks very much for checking them out!
The composition of these is just beautiful – you clever man! Lovely to see one of my favourites again! Thank you, Phil!
Well I knew you would enjoy seeing our big friend, the GBH Maggie and very glad you liked htese photos!
Great shots of this beautiful Heron.
Thanks very much Jan, glad to know you liked them!
I’m happy you liked htese, thanks.
What camera and lens do you shoot with?
I use a Canon 7D with a Canon 300f4 and 1.4 extender.
Beautiful photos! They make me want to reach out and pet him – or hold my finger out and see if he’ll land on it.
They do often fly in close so it’s worth trying that finger trick. I’m betting they are heavier then they look though and one may get cranky if you dropped him. I wouldn’t want one being very mad at me and close by at that time. 😯
Glad you liked these pics!
Good point. I will refrain from trying to be Snow White.
Superb shots, Phil. Our resident blue is back here again. I saw it with a big fish a couple of nights ago. He laid it on the grass to get a better grip, and an eagle swooped out of nowhere and snatched it from under his nose. 😀
Those eagles are pirates and are more then happy to let another bird do all the work then swoop in and snatch the prize. 😦
Glad you enjoyed these GBH pics Sylvia!
I can see why it’s a favorite. Beautifully captured.
Yes I always enjoy seeing these big guys going about their routine around the marsh.
Ahh…those are so nice!!!
Well I appreciate that Judy thanks!
I like each of the photos equally. When I see these large birds, I find myself noticing how graceful their legs and feet are – and they are so long! Love the water and reflections in the first photo. In the second his colors are at the forefront against the background Lovely!
I am quite thrilled with your kind words and am very happy you enjoyed the photos of this big wading bird.
They do have amazing legs and feet but around here they need them to be able to navigate in and around the oyster beds in the salt marsh.
Thanks very much Deb!
I need a ‘love’ button for this one. Love the detail and color in the second shot.
Well I greatly appreciate that Gunta, thanks.
I’ve not seen the salmon/pink color on the wings before. Thank you for exposing me to such beautiful birds!
Yes the birds we see around here often have those snappy colorful accents. 🙂
Glad you like the photos!
Awesome photos, Phil.
I appreciate that Gracie, thanks.
I regularly try to get shots of Great Blue Herons and really appreciate how difficult it is to get shots like this. (I don’t even like to think about how tough it must me to get your great shots of alligators and spoonbills). Your shots show off the beauty of this amazing bird–I like the contrast provided by the two different images.
Thank you so much Mike! I really like these big guys so I’m happy whenever I get the chance to photograph one as it flies by. Very happy you enjoyed these pics!
Ohhh, one of my favorite birds! Thank you for posting these glorious shots!
My favourite too
Absolutely love the simplicity of the second one.