Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

This morning, Roger pointed out that a Great Blue Heron had perched in a tree at the edge of my parent’s pond (Columbia, MO). Cool. Grab the camera. Maybe I can get a shot or two.

Out of the 40+ pictures I took, this was the only real keeper. Frankly, that seems about right for a rather large, rather skittish bird hanging about in bad morning light (overcast to the point of dim).

Happy enough, I figured that was that.

Later in the morning, with the sun out, Roger mentioned that the Heron was back and fishing in the shallow end of the pond. I grabbed the camera and headed outside, but couldn’t find it.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Until this popped up from behind the retaining wall between wall and pond.

The Heron was definitely back and put on quite a show!

I was able to take a bunch of decent pictures which you can see below the fold.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

As I got close, the Heron flew away and I figured that that was that.

Not so, though.


Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

The Heron headed for the far end of the pond to poke about in the mud.

That was really the color of the Heron in flight! The sunlight was at exactly the perfect angle to amplify the coloration of the feathers!


Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

From there, it headed off again.

But not before making one final stop.


Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

The Heron landed on top of a dead tree and hung about for a good 15 minutes before returning to the pond to hunt a bit more and then head off to wherever it is that its next appointment took it.




2 Responses to “Great Blue Heron”

  1. Bill Burge says:

    Hi There,
    My Dad forwarded the blog and pictures. Very nice work.

  2. Oliver says:

    Hey, I came across your “what is good tequila” post, and noticed that you never made good on your promise to detail your favorite tequilas ;)
    How about now?

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