Disagreement In Mid Air

Yesterday morning I saw these two great blue herons clearly having some issues with each other. Probably a territorial matter, but they have been known to fuss and chase for no apparent reason other then they can.

At first the more aggressive of the two seemed to have the other heron on the run, but that bird was not to be intimidated as it suddenly swooped back up and engaged in the mid air standoff as seen in the last photo.

Hostilities ended as quickly as they began, and both herons flew off in separate directions and eventually managed to find their own area of the marsh to continue on with their morning. 

GBH Battle in Mid Air

GBH Battle in Mid Air

GBH Battle in Mid Air

GBH Battle in Mid Air

44 thoughts on “Disagreement In Mid Air

  1. Wow! That third shot really shows off the incredible wingspan on these guys. What truly amazing creatures they are. I have a hard time sticking to a favorite, but if I had to pick just one, the GBH would probably be it.

    • I think it could be the angle that makes one appear much larger, they are probably both adults. But GBHs being what they are…they can always make time to start up a situation with a friend. 🙂

  2. Again the turn of the head and the focus of the eyes tells the story. Captured in great detail! I bet they do this frequently – perhaps a territorial mini-squabble, as you noted!

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