Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great Blue Heron Pictures













 We see Blue Herons once in a while when we go to a lake, but we don't see them often, so it was nice to see this one and get lots of great pictures! 































 The  Great Blue Heron is an interesting bird that looks a bit odd with its slow and stiff-looking movements and yet with a gracefulness also. 

They don't swim, but rather walk in the water on long legs.











I was able to watch this heron for about half an hour and it was very interesting. He spent a lot of time looking at the water....

He stared quite intently for a bit, then his head quickly went down into the water and he came up with a fish!

















Here he has the fish up higher in his bill.... then he tipped his head back and swallowed it so quickly that I did not get that picture. I was pleased to get the picture with the fish though.  :)












He went back to looking at the water...  and I assume he was looking for more fish.

These birds are really tall... about 4 feet tall with a wingspan of about 6 feet. Once in a while, on blustery days, we will see a Blue Heron fly over our house in the city, but that doesn't happen often. 

When he flew away, I missed the flight since I didn't recognize that he was ready to fly. I did catch the landing though.












On land, it is nice to see the high stepping walk of the Heron....







It was also fun to see what I am calling "The  Heron Strut".  I was surprised at how strong their legs look. The next picture shows the "Heron Strut". 




































The Heron in the pond...



Again, I am continually amazed at God's creativity in making such a variety of creatures....  and they are perfectly suited to what they need.















" And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."  Genesis 1:20




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31 comments:

  1. Oh we see Blue Heron's here and there. What great pictures you were able to take. The fish one has to be the best!

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    1. I never get to be that close to see them, so this was a real treat. I was pretty excited to get the fish. :)

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  2. Love your blue heron pictures. We had some in the yard with the rain. I should have taken some pictures, but they would not have been beautiful like yours.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you... what a sweet comment! I can't imagine having them in the yard!! Not sure I would like to have them that close. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  3. I'm so amazed at your so tunning pictures, this blue heron is sismply wonderful ...
    I wonder how could you manage to catch such gorgeous creature ... actually I'm feeling in awe !

    With much thankfulness

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

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    1. Wow.. I am humbled by your kind comment... Thank you. I am so thankful God allowed me to be where I could see this bird for so long. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  4. Great bird shots, Joy!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/06/tidying-up-nest.html.

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    1. Thank you! I did enjoy getting those pictures. :)

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  5. As our granddaughter exclaimed to her Daddy, "Just LOOK at all this nature!"
    :) gwingal

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    1. Cute! Yes... there is so much nature... and I love to take pictures of it! :)

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  6. Such beautiful photography and I know it is very hard to shoot moving birds. That did not sound right. Lol. To take pictures of I meant, we certainly don\'t want to shoot them.

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    1. Thank you... I know what you mean... :) and it is hard to get those pics... I was back at that pond yesterday and there was not a heron there at all. I was disappointed, but also realized anew what a privilege it was to have seen it for so long last week... and I took those pictures through a window. I was rather excited to have them turn out so well!

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    2. Really a window? Then I am doubly impressed!

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    3. Yes... through the window and between the blinds. :) I was quite determined not to waste the chance to get these, although I sure wanted to open those blinds and not have to put my lens between the slats! :) Thank you so much.

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  7. Great shots - they are so hard to take with the birds in motion

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    1. Thank you... yes, they are and this was exciting to get, especially as I was doing it through a window. :)

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  8. lol, some of the images are really cool; The great blue has style!

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    1. Thank you... you're right, he does have style and I sure enjoyed seeing it. :)

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  9. They are such an interesting bird. You got some great photos! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. They are interesting! Thank you so much... this is the first time I was able to see them like this... I loved it. :)

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  10. More beautiful photos, Joy! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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  11. Lovely photos. That second to last one is my favorite. Probably because it reminds me of Monet. Thanks for sharing on Friday Frivolity.

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    1. Thank you... what a compliment!!! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  12. Beautiful amazing photos! So wonderful that you were able to sit for so long and just watch this bird! God's creation is so amazing, and I never cease to be amazed at how intricate and creative He is with His creatures. Enjoyed the pictures and your thoughts today :)

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    1. Thank you... I treasure your comment. God is so amazing... and this was a special treat as I sat in the doctor's office with my daughter and peeked through the blinds to take pictures of the pond... and saw this guy out there. I sure loved it... it was like a special treat for me. I love it when He does stuff like that. :)

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  13. Beautiful photos! Nature makes an amazing subject for photography. How lucky you were to be with the blue heron for as long as you did! Thanks for sharing.

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