Wednesday, May 14, 2014

First Look, Beautiful Trees....Second Look, More Interesting

The Great Blue Heron....
If you photograph a lot, you know exactly what I am talking about. This is especially true when it is a farm pond.
I originally stopped because of the pond and the interesting tree shapes.
Then, I saw a bird standing near the water. I watched for some time...not one movement.
So, I went back to the truck to review my photos. The more I looked at the above photo, the more I thought a statue of a bird had been placed near the water.
For a few more minutes, the heron stayed motionless. And, then he began to move, taking slow deliberate steps.
At first I thought he had detected me. Now, I think he simply was on the hunt for breakfast.
I would have moved closer, but this sign kept me at a distance.

According to the Texas Audubon, "The Great Blue heron is the largest of the North American herons, standing 45-54 inches tall, with a wingspan of 66-79 inches.
When hunting, they can be seen standing statue-like as they stalk fish and other small prey"
Isn't he a beauty?
Meggie Mac
Linking today with Wild Bird Wednesday. Click HERE to view other birds.


  1. Hi Meggie!!!
    Wow, what a beauty that bird is!!!! So fantastic pictures, congrats!!!
    All the best

    1. Thank you, Elisabeth...the heron was a lucky find !

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Margaret. Elegant best describes the heron's movement....each move was with grace.

  3. indeed a beauty; the herons are great to observe

    1. Hello Carole....Actually, I couldn't believe my eyes! I went back the next day, and he was still there. I would love to get closer, but that rather large, "No Trespassing" sign kept me from crossing the fence line.

  4. He is indeed! The slow measured steps they take are so graceful, then the incredible speed they catch their prey!
    Jane x

  5. What a handsome specimen. I've only ever seen them in flight.

  6. One of my favorite birds! We have quite a lot of them here. Great find!

  7. These birds always seem like very regal birds. One flies into our neighboring paddock occasionally and makes me smile.

  8. It is a gorgeous bird, nice capture. Good idea to obey those warning signs. :)


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