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Blue Heron from Costarica Puerto Limon

Heron at FL rookery

I think I've been spotted!

Heron across the bank taken from the pub garden "Fish & Eels Nazeing" What a proud elegant bird, I love the way these guys pose for me, just a shame he was not a little closer.

Hickling Broad, Norfolk.

Heron - Tralee, Ireland.

Seen this beautiful bird on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal

Bratch, Wombourne, seemed quite happy to let me take its photo...

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Here's one more image of a heron that I photographed last weekend. After making several close portraits, I backed up to get a few full-length shots. A very cooperative bird!

 

Brazos Bend State Park in SE Texas

 

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Herons are mostly associated with freshwater wetlands, and they typically haunt marshes, swamps, and river and lake edges.

They also frequent mangroves, tidal mudflats and beaches.

A Great Grey Heron flying over the River Dodder in Dublin.

A new edit of this Great Blue Heron

The Green Heron is a small heron of North and Central America. It was long considered conspecific with its sister species the Striated Heron, and together they were called "Green-backed Heron". They are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe; individuals from the Pacific coast of North America may similarly stray as far as Hawaii. Green herons are one of the few species of animal known to use tools. In particular, they commonly use bread crusts, insects, or other items as bait. The bait is dropped onto the surface of a body of water in order to lure fish. When a fish takes the bait, the green heron will then grab and eat the fish. No processing or touch-ups

  

Spent the day birding yesterday with my bff Marty and fellow flickr friend Kim (k mentzel) and had a really great time.

 

Started off at Coyote Hills for the White-faces Ibis in breeding plumage and then visited all the east bay parks (well most) the tide was really low, next time I'll have to check the tide charts.

 

I'm not one for getting down on the ground, but when we saw this Heron standing behind this hill of colorful ice plant I layed down on it to get the color in the foreground...reminds me of a Monet painting!...:)

Scanning the East Lyn river, Exmoor

Heron - Cleethorpes.

Spotted this heron by Lancaster Canal, but I didn't have my telephoto lens at first. I quickly ran back to get it. Thankfully it was still there 10 minutes later. I could tell it had twigged me, so I grabbed a few shots as quick as I could before it took off.

Heron fishing in the Atlantic around the Isles of Scotland

One from last spring when I saw my first heron rookery. We saw the little ones a few times but not when they at the age where they moved around much. Mom bear with 2 cubs kept us from taking the small path in for long.

Having spotted this Green Heron fishing amongst the weed in a shallow creek, the easiest option would have been to photograph it from the comfort of the waters edge.

However I was keen to achieve a more personal perspective of the subject and decided I needed to get in the water with the Heron.

Sat on my backside to keep low I was soon edging through the weed with camera and tripod in toe.

Although being far from comfortable I was with patience eventually able to get within range and in a position with the camera just inches above the water.

Although my antics did lead to a few odd looks from passers by, I do think the results are probably better than those I would have achieved otherwise.

 

Green Heron -

Butorides virescens -

New England

Keeping with an unintentional bird theme here, this blue heron was clearly more concerned with getting his dinner than he was with the pushy photographer taking his picture. We get to see lots of blue herons at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, Montana, but usually not this close.

Yesterday, I was able to get unusually close to a great blue heron. I ended up taking nearly 100 photos of the single bird as I pursued it around a small pond. Here are a few of them.

Kamera Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Belichtung 0,003 sec (1/400)

Blende f/6.3

Brennweite 500 mm

ISO-Empfindlichkeit 640

Yesterday, this heron caught an eel, and swallowed it down, still wriggling, while we watched. Today, I had my camera, but no eel!

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.

 

Standing up to a metre tall, adults weigh from 1 to 2 kg (2.2 to 4.4 lb). They have a white head and neck with a broad black stripe that extends from the eye to the black crest. The body and wings are grey above and the underparts are greyish-white, with some black on the flanks. The long, sharply pointed beak is pinkish-yellow and the legs are brown.

 

The birds breed colonially in spring in "heronries", usually building their nests high in trees. A clutch of usually three to five bluish-green eggs is laid. Both birds incubate the eggs for a period of about 25 days, and then both feed the chicks, which fledge when seven or eight weeks old. Many juveniles do not survive their first winter, but if they do, they can expect to live for about five years.

 

In Ancient Egypt, the deity Bennu was depicted as a heron in New Kingdom artwork. In Ancient Rome, the heron was a bird of divination. Roast heron was once a specially-prized dish; when George Neville became Archbishop of York in 1465, four hundred herons were served to the guests.

 

source - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_heron

Silver Heron at the Chobe River, Chobe NP, Botswana

Nice lighting on this heron that did a nice fly-by.

There must be something to it. Now, I've had a Great Blue Heron watch a sunrise with me AND watch a sunset with me!

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Heron fishing at Far Ings. It caught at nearly every strike notice the fish in its beak.

Another rare visitor to Southeast Michigan and another first for us. Our day was over and we were on our way back to the car when I spotted this heron wading in the water.I didn't have any idea what it was because I never saw one before. I took about 50 shots of this heron just to be sure I didn't screw it up. These "Little Blue Herons" stand about 24 inches tall and have a wingspan of 40 inches. Needless to say Doris and I were very happy when we got back to the car,it made a great end to a day that was not very productive.

Great Blue Heron Everglades, USA.

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A Great Blue Heron enjoying a bit of fishing during the afternoon.

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