Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Great Blue Heron

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am featuring the Great Blue Heron.  Some shots taken recently at the Bombay Hook NWR.


I wish you a happy and magical New Year. I hope it brings you lots of new birds, joy and happiness. All the best in 2015.


The Great Blue Heron is a common bird found near the shores of open water and wetlands.


The Great Blue Heron is the largest Heron in North America.


These herons usually nest in trees or bushes near the water edge.



Herons locate their food by sight and usually swallow it whole.


Along with a few ducks, some Canada geese there are three Great Blue Herons lined up on the edge of the water..I hope you enjoyed my wild bird post..
Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!



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  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!



88 comments:

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos of the blue heron. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

The happy wanderer. said...

I was really keen to see a Great Blue Heron before I did, and they've never disappointed me when I've seen them, so it's good to see another.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen Those shots of the Great Grey Heron are marvellous.

✿ chica said...

Adorei ver.Lindas fotos!bjs,chica

Gypsy Lala said...

Blue heron, my most favourite bird, amazing short.

DeniseinVA said...

Brilliant photos of an extraordinary bird. Thank you Eileen and wishing you a very happy day.

Kerri Farley said...

Lovely Heron captures!

Sue said...

Nice photos--they sure have "steely" eyes, don't they?
I think my hubby may be part heron,--sometimes he seems to swallow his food whole too-LOL!

Jo said...

Excellent shots, Eileen.

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Sure! Thank you..my hubby can swallow his food whole too. It must be a man thing.. have a great day!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Enjoyed the outing.

Bethany Carson said...

They are neat birds!

EG CameraGirl said...

Neat! I probably won't see a GBH for a few more months as it's icy here now.

Derek said...

Excellent photos made all the more better by a charming explanation. Great! Thanks.

Montanagirl said...

I'm back, and Happy New Year, Eileen! I enjoyed my little break away from blogging. I SO enjoy your Herons! Nice, Nice Photos!!

Sandra said...

great shots of the heron, i love to watch them stare and then pounce and swallow

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
These are great photos of the blue heron.
Very well done.
My favorite is the first picture.
Best regards, Irma

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Wow!!Wonderful pictures of the Heron bird!One of my favorite birds!
Excellent captures!Have a happy week!
Dimi...

TexWisGirl said...

they're spectacular creatures. the closest thing to a pterodactyl still in existence. :)

Karen Schurr said...

Wonderful detail in those shots. Just mesmerized by those cold cold eyes.

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, good pictures of the blue heron, especially the first one, all scrunched up. They are such graceful birds, strolling through the water.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Amazing detail on the feathers - Great Blue Herons are one of my favorites.

George said...

You got marvelous photos of the heron. I hope 2015 brings you many opportunities for more great photos.

Linda W. said...

Nice heron pics! We have a small koi pond in our backyard and we used to have a GBH who was a regular visitor.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love your shots of the heron! My (I call him mine, haha) heron has been coming again to our pond after a bit of an absence. It was good to see him. Have a nice week!

Betty Manousos said...

they're beautiful creatures. great detail on the feathers, great shots, eileen.

hope you're having a wonderful week:))

big hugs~

Karen S. said...

Greeting most handsome of fishermen! You are a great bird!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Betty! I always appreciate your visits and comments.. Have a great day and week ahead!

Mary Hone said...

I love watching the herons. So stately.

Debbie said...

the heron captures are amazing Eileen!! I always get the same pose and they never ruffle their feather like that for me. I can take 100 pictures of these guys and they all look the same. lucky you!!!!

Rebecca said...

Great shots or a beautiful and interesting bird!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Gorgeous birds!!
The first one looks like a juvenile, what a handsome fellow!
Coming up soon on my blog, a special photo for you... ;-)
Keep well and enjoy your outings :)

Karen said...

Fantastic shots of this beauty Eileen!

amanda | wildly simple said...

I love blue herons! They leave us for the winter. Beautiful shots!

HansHB said...

Awesome serie, love it!
Happy New Year to you!

Carver said...

Fantastic captures of the great blue heron.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Herons, they are the best, love 'em.

Les Fous du Cap said...

We wish you a Happy New Year ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Adam Jones said...

Always nice to see a Heron. Great shots

Gemma Wiseman said...

The great blue heron has a grand set of feathers. But I always think he looks as if he has a hunched back. Stunning reflections in the second last photo.

Chris Rohrer said...

I always wondered at first why they were called blue. And then after several observations I figured it out. These guys show of the color well. Happy New Year! A year of personal growth and the defining step about who you will become! Congrats!

Cloudia said...

Always exciting to see, but esp in your series of photos and thoughts!


ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Kevin and Janet Shaw Seizethedayrvadventures said...

The Blue Heron is beautiful great shots!

Ela said...

Always nice to visit your blog. These are fantastic photos of herons !
Greetings

Our photos said...

Wonderful series. The first one is my favorite !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love Great Blues ... Such great photos.

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos of one of my favorite subjects!

fredamans said...

Beautiful bird and photos of it!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great pictures, Eileen.

I'm going to have to get a camera that can get better long shots. I love my Canon G15, but if you're not close, the pics don't have enough detail.
~

Susan said...

Thank you Eileen... I did enjoy your post very much. Those Herons are magnificent birds - their necks amaze me. How splendid they must look when diving underwater! Great shots :D)

Happyone said...

Love that first picture of the Heron. Looks like a windy day or is he just fluffing up his feathers?

Michelle said...

You took some great shots!

Missy George said...

I've photographed a lot of GBH's but your pictures are amazing..There are a lot of them in this area...Good job!!

Nora said...

Love the photos of the Heron!

Loredana Donovan said...

Eileen, I especially like the last photo, so serene. Happy New Year! :)

Roan said...

Blue Herons are a favorite of mine. Great shots!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh I do miss our Great Blue Herons in the winter ... it will be quite awhile before they come back. They are such graceful flyers and complete dorks on land ... but beautiful regardless. Thanks for this, Eileen ... really enjoyed the post ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Juni said...

Oi Eileen, que pássaro lindo essa garça! Aqui onde moro temos muitas garças brancas, eu não sabia que existiam garças azuis... e os patinhos também estão lindos!
Ótimo 2015 para todos nós. Beijos.

Janice Adcock said...

Blue herons are everywhere! Nice shots.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great shots of you Great Blue Heron too Eileen!

Stephanie said...

Love the blue heron!

Felicia said...

He is a handsome fellow.

Ida said...

Herons are such cool looking birds. Great photos. I enjoyed them very much.

Kerry said...

What a beauty. I love great blues and watched one all week this past week. He barely moved an inch.

Lynne said...

Majestic!

Lea said...

Great photos! I especially like the fourth one
Have a wonderful day!
Lea

diane b said...

I like the heron it looks sophisticated.

Crafty Green Poet said...

excellent photos!

Gattina said...

He looks quite angry ! Beautiful pictures !

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!!

alicesg said...

Beautiful close up shots of the birds. Nice to be so close to nature.

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

Don't you just love these majestic herons? I could watch them all day! Great shots of the Great Blue!

Pat said...

Great captures, Eileen. I wouldn't want to be a fish facing that beak.

NatureFootstep said...

in the first images it loosk quite grumpy: Maybe it is hungry :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous photos of these handsome birds!

Marie said...

Great photos, Eileen! Just love the Great Blue.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos Eileen! Herons sometimes look so grumpy!

A Quiet Corner said...

Another bird I met while living in VA!!! So cool...:)JP

Lois said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I especially like that first shot.

Rambling Woods said...

They always look angry... Great photos and I di know about them being the largest in NA.. Michelle

Phyllis Oller said...

I did enjoy your post of the heron, they are such majestic birds, I have only been able to get close to them a couple of times, you got great pics of them, have a wonderful week & stay warm! phyllis

Connie Smiley said...

That's an amazing bird, Eileen! Your first shot is my favorite.
Thanks so much for hosting this, and have a great new year!

David Gascoigne said...

Who can fail to be captivated by a Great Blue Heron?

PlantPostings said...

Wonderful heron shots. Wetlands have such a diversity of wildlife.

Celeste said...

Hi Eileen, Happy New Year to you and your family. Sorry I am such a sporadic blog friend, I hope you will forgive me. I do love visiting your site and seeing your latest birding adventures.
Love that first heron picture - my goodness what an intense stare!

Gail Dixon said...

A majestic bird for sure. Great images! I am so excited seeing all our wintering friends lately. The Buff-bellied Hummingbird was a new one for me. Now if I could only get pics!

Indrani said...

I love their long necks, they can easily collapse them and hide. :)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow; Great Blue Heron and looks a bit different I spotted here a couple of times (haha, naturally) Marvelous photographs, Dear friend♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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