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A Typical Heron Pose

The Great Blue Heron is equally at home up in the crown of a large tree as it is standing knee-deep in the water at the edge of a pond, lake, slow river marsh or ocean shoreline.  The Great Blue Herons actually build their nests in the tree tops.  I spotted this Great Blue Heron in the top of a living Oak that has a snag-top this morning here at the little farm pond.  I often see and photograph woodpeckers in that very spot.

The view is the draw for this bird.  It was seeing what the fishing would be or whether or not any interesting things were happening on the pond. Great Blue Herons eat insects, fish, turtles, frogs, eggs and tiny animals.  I took the pictures from my living room window.  The bird flew off the moment I opened the door to go to the porch to hopefully take pictures from the porch.  I took the pictures yesterday, May 23, 2012 in the morning.  It was pretty foggy out when I took the pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Typical Heron Pose" (8)

  1. Hi Linda, The Heron is up there on the TOP —looking as if he is in charge of the world…. Great pictures…

    Thanks for the info on rain gear for cameras. We need to check into that…

    • Hi Betsy, You are welcome. The “Rain sleeves” are thin light plastic – sort of same density as a zip-loc bag but are fitted for the body and lens and have a string tie for adjusting and closing. Well worth having if you have non-water resistant cameras. Yes, the heron is up top and watching all around it. I was thrilled to see the big bird yesterday! Lots and lots of birds showing up at the feeder today. I think it will be a beautiful day! Have a good one!

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    i like that one in the middle bottom. ‘give me a Y!’ 🙂

    • Hi TexWisGirl, Yep, funny pose and picture! Nature often provides wonderful entertaining sights for us. By the way, I am using a borrowed Sigma 120-400 long zoom lens. My regular lens (also Sigma) is a bit longer. It is going back to Sigma to be adjusted – they do a good job of making needed changes for optimal photographs. The lens is under warrantee so all is fine about that. Have a really great day today and a nice Friday tomorrow!

  3. The first picture is amazing. You got a great silhouette and his beak is even open…was he making noise? I have never heard what they sound like, have you? I have also never seen one up in a tree, only on the ground.

    • Hi Ginny, I was inside so I did not hear the big bird if it was making any call. The Great Blue Herons often sound like a dog woofing-like a squawking, “Cup-cup” in the distance (no it was not a dog I heard). That is an awkward way to describe the sound but that is basically it. I think there are other vocalizations but I don’t know them off hand right at the moment. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  4. I love these photos! They show that great bird well!

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