Friday, January 22, 2010

Great Blue Heron on Ice

During our Blackwater NWR visit we watched a Great Blue Heron walking on the ice. I guess this Heron didn't make the trip south and decided to stay at Blackwater. On this day the temp's were in the high 50's and even close to 60. So the ice was melting and the heron could still find food along the waters edge. It just seemed odd to see one walking on the ice.

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36 comments:

  1. Looks like he is walking very cautiously.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  2. I love herons and always look for them when we go to the river. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos! Have a great weekend.

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  3. He does look odd walking on the ice. I'll bet he's wondering if his decision to not fly south was a wise one!

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  4. Amazing, Eileen, I never knew that either. Will he survive the winter, do you think?

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  5. He is very handsome, great photos. Maybe he heard it was cold down south too.

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  6. This Heron woke up late for the trip. And now it wake up too early for the food.

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  7. Like seeing the herons along the river. This is a nice couple of shots.

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  8. Great blues are one my favorite birds. So magnificent! Thanks!

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  9. Looks a cold day there but this brave and beautiful critters are enjoying the place a lot! He is cute!
    purrs
    and Happy Camera Critters
    Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

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  10. That was different, seeing a blue heron walking on ice.
    I have yet to capture one in a photo as they like to visit our pond in the backyard but always seem to hear me open the screen door.

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  11. What a fabulously unique capture! Well done!

    My CC

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  12. Eileen: My favorite big bird, I await their return to their nesting sites.

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  13. Aren't they magnificent birds?!!!

    My C C is posted below my Photo Hunt Photo. Come see if you have time in your busy day! Happy weekend.

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  14. These birds have such elegance and grace. These are beautiful shots. I love the subdued color and light.

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  15. I guess he thought he would try some ice fishing. :)
    Really nice shots Eileen!
    Love the header shot today as well.
    Carletta’s Captures.

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  16. Great blues are always so pretty, great shots of this guy! I like how he blends in with the background so well!

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  17. Nice captures of the GBH..I hope he or she finds something to eat...Michelle

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  18. What a wonderful shot, he looks lonesome yet contented. GReat photos.

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  19. What a great catch Eileen.

    Please take a peek at the Mocking Bird at my page.

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  20. Wonderful shots of a beautiful bird!

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  21. Very very cool Eileen, your so fortunate to have this opportunity!

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  22. I didn't realize it was ice he was walking on til I read it, but great shots of this handsome fella!

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  23. Amazing shots of that beautiful critter on ice.

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  24. I really enjoyed your Blackwater NWR photos. We were there last February and hope to return this year.

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  25. He looks quite healthy, despite being in the wrong place. I posted a heron shot last week. We don't see that many in NZ, although we do have them.

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  26. He looks kinda sad. :( Poor buddy!

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  27. Any bird walking on ice looks pretty strange to a birder that lives in the sub-tropics :-)

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  28. I get jealous sometimes when I see birds or other small animals walking on ice so effortlessly. :)

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  29. Wow Eileen, how weird is that? I have yet to see a Great Blue ice skating. Amazing! Great shots of the phenomenon.

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  30. WOW! I never seen a GBH on ice. Excellent photos!

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  31. Excellent capture, Eileen! Good thing the ice is still strong enough to carry the weight of the Great Blue.

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  32. Great shots of the great blue. I didn't know they stuck around in icy places.

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  33. Wonderful shots of the great blue heron. I love this bird. I also like the shots of the cedar wawing in the post after this. I occasionally have them in my garden and they are so destinctive. All of these are wonderful shots but those two birds are a highlight for me.

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  34. Goodness Eileen, you do have some wonderful photos!

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