Monday, March 16, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly-Great Blue Heron

Here is the Great Blue Heron. This has been my nemesis bird the entire winter. Everytime I would approach one, off it would fly as it cursed me. It became a weekly challenge of bird versus birder and the bird always won. I found a new place to bird and a new Heron. This one was sunning itself and watching the lake. I quickly adjusted my camera settings and was able to take one great picture before it saw me and flew off. It didn't holler at me but just flew toward the lake in a graceful and leisurely manner.


I guess it was the Heron's way of passing the baton of the nemesis bird to another species. This species will definitely be part of the waterfowl family and most likely a duck.


To be continued I'm sure. ;o)


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29 comments:

Leedra said...

Excellent capture!

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Betsy from Tennessee said...

You did it, Kim.... Congrats!!! Great picture... I 'may' have seen a Redpoll at my feeder today... It sure looked like one... No picture of course.. I only saw him once. Don't think Redpolls are usually down this far south..

Hope you had a good day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mildred said...

Your patience paid off - this is a fabulous picture.

Amy said...

Haha, he doesn't look too happy. I'm not surprised he flew off right after you got the shot. Good one!

Lynne said...

He looks ilke he's giving ou the hairy eyeball!

Great picture!

Wisconsin Birder said...

Awesome photo! We're really looking forward to the return of the herons here in Wisconsin.

Shellmo said...

Fantastic photo Kallen! The Blue Heron is now your friend!

NCmountainwoman said...

He looks a bit skeptical. Glad you were able to get the shot.

mick said...

Congrats. on finally getting the photo you wanted. Birding certainly provides challenges!

matthew houskeeper said...

Fantastic photo!!!

April said...

That's such a wonderful picture with beautiful detail! Nicely done!

Susan Gets Native said...

Fantastic!!! They're tricky little buggers.

Vickie said...

Awesome photo!

Kelly said...

...that is a good photo...love his eye...artistic.

Cam said...

Beautiful Blue Heron photo - It must have been a great feeling to get it :)

Jayne said...

What a great photo Kallen! Whooo hoooo! You should be proud girl!

troutbirder said...

Now don't get tooo close in your determined pursuits. That beak looks dangerous.

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photo Kallen, a couple of years ago in the summer a neighbour told me she had seen a Heron balanced on the top of the fir tree (no mean feat!) at the bottom of our garden, when I told HLH he said he had seen it too, I asked him why on earth he hadn't called me and he said as it was 6.30am and I was still asleep he didn't think I would want to be woken...aaaargh!!!!

MaineBirder said...

Look at that eye! Excellent shot Kim!

Abe said...

Well, I have never been this close to one but have taken their photos at a distance. This is a magnificent bird. I also saw some swans yesterday but was a passenger in the car on the way home from the doctor's office. No camera. You have some really great shots.

Mary said...

This is a great shot! Heron get spooked so easily, I seldom get close-ups.

Deborah Godin said...

You are definitely getting 'the look!! Terrific shot!

Rich said...

That is one beautiful bird.

The Early Birder said...

What a sharp-shooter you have become Kim. Great pic but who is eyeing who? FAB

ramblingwoods.com said...

Great photo of the heron Kim..Did he bark at you as he took off. They are so cranky...

Larry Jordan said...

Kim, I am so happy for you! I guess you got that Great Blue Heron "off your back" eh?

Ah but yes, now on to the next challenge, and the next. Mine was the Marsh Wren. Persistence, I believe, is the key.

I can see you, like myself, are addicted now ;-)

Heather said...

That's a fantastic photo Kallen. Great work!

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Very interesting story. Just the other day, a Great Blue Heron was hunting for crawfish and we walked just a couple of feet away and it didn't even move, as if we didn't exist at all.

Red said...

Good work! They sure are tough birds. I either catch them flying way overhead and my camera not with me, or they are hiding behind the bushes at waters edge. One day I'll get them though :)

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