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The semi-resident Great Blue Herons here at the little farm pond have been coming around much more often in recent days.  I believe that at least two Great Blue Herons have established a rookery or nesting area in the tall trees along the nearby private community lake.  Herons eat small fish, frogs, insects and small aquatic animals as a regular diet.  They use their long slender bill to ferret out food from muddy areas of ponds, streams and lakes.  They also are great at flying.

The Great Blue Heron is a wading bird.  It has long legs and walks around the shallows of muddy, reed-filled areas to find its food.  The Great Blue Heron has a squawking sound for its call.  It is most similar in sound to a Canada Goose but more of a slow “cup-cup” sound than a true honk.  At least that’s my own take on it.  I am quite pleased to have the herons around here. They are interesting and graceful birds.  I took these pictures on Jan. 24, 2012, and Jan. 25, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "Great Blue Herons at the Pond" (9)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i think they look and sound like ancient ptarydactils. 🙂 (not sure i spelled that right!)

  2. Neat that the Herons may have a rookery nearby… You will really enjoy getting their pictures…

    Love that picture with the cow staring at the heron.. Funny!!!

    Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, that shot with the cow and heron is a fun one. I am expecting to see the herons more often now that the weather will be a little better. They seem to be year around residents here. Have a great weekend!

  3. You are indeed fortunate to have the Herons around and close enough for good observation and photos! They visit here in summer, but they are very difficult to approach.

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! I enjoy seeing the big birds here. They do tend to fly off if they see me moving around or if the car starts. Natural if you think about it. Have a great weekend!

  4. You are getting some great photos of the heron. Especially like the one of the heron flying past the cow.

  5. I just adore herons. Nice shots!

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