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.
Wonderful action shots Phil, the last photo is awesome with beautiful backlight.
Thank you Jan, I wasn’t to happy with the birds being back lit at first but tried to make the best of it.
Amazing! They look so pre-historic!
They do look kind of prehistoric for sure. Thanks very much for looking and commenting!
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.
Day in and day out the GBH is my favorite bird. The spoonbills re sort of my current fave but likely because I know they won’t be around for much longer.
Sehr eindrucksvoll! 🙂
Ich bin froh, euch gefallen diese Fotos 🙂
Scatti meravigliosi Phil, sono stupendi!!
La ringrazio molto Sono felice ti è piaciuto queste foto 🙂
Thanks very much I appreciate you looking!
Such amazing photos, Phil! Thanks for another great post.
I’m thrilled you enjoyed these Deb, thanks!
Amazing shots! That’s a lot of wingspan. Love that last one.
I sometimes forget or overlook how large a bird they really are. Glad you liked these shots!
Beautiful set Phil!…The last shot is a winner for sure. ☺
I appreciate that very much thank you! 🙂
I’m speechless, Phil, but they obviously weren’t. 🙂 Great captures, and that last pic is quite stupendous.
Thank you so much Sylvia, I was happy to see my favorite bird(s) in action and glad you enjoyed these GBH photos!
Wowzers on those capture, esp the last one!
Thank you Becky, so glad you liked these GBH photos and the last one is a favorite of mine as well. 🙂
Amazing, Phil, just amazing.
I greatly appreciate your kind words, thanks a million.
They could be phoenix, rising again. Wonder if that’s where the myth comes from…
I don’t know but these guys do look sort of mythic. 🙂
That last shot is just amazing.
Glad to know you enjoyed it, thanks much.
Incredible series of shots Phil!
I appreciate the kind comments Adrian thanks!
How I love these birds! In the last (stunning) shot one GBH looks larger – is this a case of a younger bird being put in its place? Thank you Phil!
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. 🙂
Awesome action shots of these two blue herons! You captured their powerful wings, too beautiful. Thank you, Phil!
I’m very happy you enjoyed these GBH shots Amy, thanks!
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!
Yes likely a territorial dispute, but these sorts of things tend to get quickly resolved and everyone goes back to fishing…until the next time. 🙂
I guess they did not agree on which direction to take… Not easy to capture with such a great wingspan.
They were using evasive maneuvers which provided some interesting flying scenes, and yes they are a good size bird with large wings.
Thanks very much for looking!
That last frame is perfect.
Thanks a million I appreciate the kind comments!
You have outdone yourself :). I have never thought it possible 😉
Very nice of you to say that Paula, it is greatly appreciated. 🙂
Fantastic shots, the last one is amazing !
Wonderful capture, Phil.