Our Visiting Great Blue Heron – Part 2

Oops, I did it again!  😦  So sorry for another long time inbetween posts, my intention was to have my GBH Part 2 up within days of Part 1.  A frightening medical emergency with our 15-month old grandson (everything is fine now!!) and a sneak-away vacation for our 33rd anniversary (yep, that long!) kept me away from my personal time with my computer and blog.  Let me try to get back on track!

Although I’ve had less time to hang around on my balcony, I’ve still had no problem catching a glimpse or spend a few moments watching our Mr. Great Blue Heron who still comes around to fish and hang out.  I feel my neighbors and I are so lucky!  🙂

First, a couple of quick Great Blue Heron facts–
Adults are approximately 4 feet tall with a wingspan of 6 feet.
They live alone except at breeding time.
They live about 15 years.
They can fly at 20-30 mph!

Now on with the Part 2 photos of this gorgeous bird.  First, some rock-jumping to stalk more fish!

All awhile keeping an eye on his surroundings, including the sky and that osprey that perches on the nest platform and loves to harrass him….

Even worse, sometimes an eye on me!  LOL  He really doesn’t seem to be bothered that I or the neighbors watch him.  I love it!

The Great Blue Heron’s unusual “S” shaped neck allows it to spring quickly like a coil in order to catch its prey. The unique way it moves also allows the heron to fold its neck back into its shoulders during flight to move more easily through the air.  But as in the previous and next photos, they can also extend their neck very long and straight, sometimes as a display of courtship or to just keep track of his surroundings and those that venture too near him.

I’ve enjoyed sharing captures of the Great Blue Heron in these two posts that were not the ‘normal’ shot you see in a magazine or article.  And with this bird being such a beautifully photogenic-posing bird, I decided I just had to conclude with some of those normal shots, as he has given me so many!

Okay….I have two more photos of another Great Blue Heron, but these were taken down the road from me on Rt. 18 along  Marshy Creek couple months ago.  I just happen to stop and capture him after he successfully captured his next meal.

A final word please.  For you followers that I follow, I am totally behind on reading your blogs and hope to get time this weekend to catch up as many as best I can…..I miss reading them so much!  I hope you understand!

Everyone please enjoy a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend, and as always thank you for taking your time to visit my blog.  I appreciate each one of you!  🙂

28 thoughts on “Our Visiting Great Blue Heron – Part 2

  1. These are great! Love the wide-open bill. GBHs are so noble — and goofy. Thanks so much.
    So sorry to hear about the scare with your grandson. Glad to hear that all is well.

  2. Donna, happy anniversary and I too am happy to hear things have resolved for your grandson.
    John and I are here for the Labor Day Wknd with two of our daughters and their beaus.
    The GBH has been very visible and we never get tired of looking at him. As we were slowly leaving the marina in our boat yesterday he so elegantly swooped through the air above us and between two of the buildings here. He has to be the last of the dinosaurs – so unusual.
    Thanks as always for your beautiful photographs.

    • Thanks Mary for all your comments! I’m glad you’re all able to see him too. 🙂 A great comment on how elegant they fly and being so much like last of the dinosaurs, I so agree!

    • Me too, thanks! That GBH has been such a delight to me, I get disappointed when he’s not around sometimes, thinking where’d my buddy go! LOL Got to watch him today 🙂

  3. Glad you got to get away for your anniversary and that the little guy is OK now. Enjoyed the GBH photos. Thanks for sharing “your” graceful and goofy one! Have a good weekend.

    • Many thanks David for the all your comments! I was pleased to have gotten the fish shot to actually see his coloring but I don’t know fish species at all, thanks for identifying! I know he enjoyed it! Glad it wasn’t more turtles, watching that sighting in my previous post really bothered me for some reason, lol. 🙂

    • Thanks Tom! After just catching up with your blog and wonderful bird captures, I’m so wanting to come down your way! Everyone, he’s seen 210 different bird species in his Florida county so far this year, and still has 4 months to go. I am so impressed! 🙂 Keep going and happy shooting Tom!

  4. Happy belated anniversary and I’m glad your grandson is o.k. Once again spectacular shots! Looks like you saved the best shot for last..:-))))

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