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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

World Bird Wednesday XVI

The Great Blue Heron Revealed

In the back of my house the Pine River has been locked in ice since December 8th. That is three solid months and the novelty of skating and skiing on it has worn thin. During the warmer months we are treated to the sight of Great Blue Herons slowly, carefully, stalking the shallows for the frogs and fish. At night I hear their haunting croaking as they fly away to some secret place. When Suzanne and I paddle our kayaks these ultra shy birds stay a step ahead of us, flying away as soon as our quiet boats round the bend. I constantly have to remind myself when walking out of the house, my mind preoccupied with some chore, to open and close the door silently lest I spook a Blue or Green heron and miss a chance to see them making their living.
So what an unbelievable pleasure for this budding birder to have before me the sights of the Venice Rookery. A privileged look into the nursery of the Great Blue Heron!





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30 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and rare shots! Those have got to be some of the ugliest babies I've ever seen!

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  2. You really have captured the inherent magic of this species.
    Such wonderful action shots with feathers flying. Fabulous!

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  3. I believe I've never seen the Great Blue Heron as beautiful as in these shots. The capture in the middle is amazing!

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  4. My heron rookery photos won't match yours, but my video shows some interesting behavior.

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  5. I am spellbound by these. Simply awe-inspiring!

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  6. These are so awesome, Springman! It has to be so amazing to experience the interaction of the families at such a close distance. I love that there is a tiny youngster in each of your shots here too!

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  7. Excellent captures Springman. A stunning set.

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  8. What fun to see the intimate behavior of pairs and with chicks too...Wonderful photos-so crisp and close--great detail to the feathers..and eyes!

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  9. Good morning and Happy World Bird Wednesday! Yes, it is Wednesday in Australia already. No Continentilism(?)here at WBW.

    Suzanne and I are on the shores of Lake Michigan today enjoying the views of the ice mass along the shore. Later tonight we are going to see James Taylor in Grand Rapids.

    Hey Texwisgirl, Yep, Those babies are ugly and from what I understand their lazy too. Apparently they don't leave the nest until they're kicked out!

    Arija, These wonderful birds are magical. I'm used to seeing them in drabber regalia.

    JM, Thank you Sir. I can't wait to see where your taking us this week. You are the world!

    Thanks Mike! Can't wait to see your video!

    Thanks Sally!

    Mr.Pat, You simply must go to Florida some spring and see these places. There is no telling what images your phenomenal lens would bring home! Good eye on the little ones too, you must have double clicked!

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  10. Amazing shots of the great blues together. It's not often you see them in mating mode.

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  11. Totally awesome photos! Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Excellent shots of the herons, really beautiful!

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  13. that heron is so beautiful and the shots perfect. A rare moment indeed.

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  14. Lovely images of your beautiful Herons. Great to witness.

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  15. Lovely photos of the Great Blue Heron. I have seen one but not that close.

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  16. Great photos Springman. I always think that Herons are one of the least suited birds to nest in trees but they seem to manage ok.

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  17. Fantastic shots of the GB Heron! It is really cool them see them interacting with each other. Great captures.

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  18. The second photo is so special...it gave me goose-bumps!

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  19. Beautiful insight into the family life of the Great Blue Heron! Marvelous captures!

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  20. Fabulous beauty and elegance! Perfect photos!

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  21. Excellent shots of this magnificent bird. Sometimes looking prehistoric. MB

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  22. Gorgeous and very well captured. Very impressed to see how these is done. Learning a lot by your pictures.
    Have a nice day.

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  23. Stunning shots, Springman! The bird in the first pic seems to have a very crop, ready to feed the youngster. I have never seen Great Blues with their crest erected and their plumes spread out like this in the 2nd and 3rd pic. Beautiful, beautiful!! These birds by the way are not at all shy where I live. They lose that once they get used to people, I guess.

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  24. Great Capture!

    Kah Wai
    http://kwbirding.blogspot.com/

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  25. You are definitely challenging...oh, I mean encouraging me to get out there with the herons again and get some better shots! Great photos- as always!

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  26. My heartbeats stopped for a while looking at the beauty of those great blue herons!

    I have shared this post on StumbleUpon.

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  27. Those heron pictures are truly amazing!

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  28. I came back to tell you I gave your blog an award yesterday. Please stop by and pick it up. I ADORE your blog and wanted to share it with as many folks as I could... :)

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