Another Great Blue Heron At Bombay Hook NWR

My last ‘bird’ post showcased a beautiful Great Blue Heron, busily fishing, without a care of the vehicles of people watching and photographing him.  It was time to eat and he was on a mission!

I happened upon another Great Blue Heron that same day who was just chilling, taking in the warm sun rays that came through the partly cloudy skies on that chilly day.  I slowly approached, stopped, and starting photographing him through my passenger window, trying to get my exposure right in the mid-day light.



He had a leery eye on me, giving me the vibe I had interrupted his alone time.  And just as quickly he took flight.




Those wings!  Their slow, deep wing-beats move with grace and strength allowing the Great Blue Heron to cruise with ease.




The Great Blue Heron’s adult wingspan ranges 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet.  That is wider than I am tall!




Despite their overall impressive size, the Great Blue Heron weighs only 5 to 6 pounds.




He flew low over and dropped down within the marsh grass.  And outta sight.  “That’ll teach you,” I could almost hear him saying.




I always fret when causing a bird to fly off, as I don’t mean to scare them.  But I am always in awe of the Great Blue Heron’s beautiful flight.  And those wings!


41 thoughts on “Another Great Blue Heron At Bombay Hook NWR

  1. Beautiful Donna! I got some photos recently of a heron in flight in our cove, but the background isn’t nearly as pretty and it was a gray day. Like you I hated to disturb him, but was ready to get photos if/when I did. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Hien! I’m a fan of those big, beautiful wings stretched out. I was so happy that I didn’t over-expose too bad since he didn’t give me much time to adjust. 🙂

    • Sì, sono veramente un uccello bello. Mi eccito quando sono in volo, ma non sempre ottenere grandi foto. Anche se mi è dispiaciuto spaventarlo, ero così felice che ho avuto l’opportunità di catturarlo in volo. 🙂

  2. Wow! What beautiful captures! I stopped by to thank you for stopping by our blog today. I’m glad you did, because I was able to see your beautiful photography. I hope you come back and visit us and even consider following our blog. Have a great day.

  3. I so enjoyed your series of the great blue heron, this elegant and gorgeous bird, taking off and cruising above the reeds, Donna. Such clear photos and skillful captures — a true joy.

  4. Great shots, Donna! Love the GBH! I miss them in my world up here in winter. But they are back pretty early. There is a rookery near my place that I check out. Eagles moved in a few years ago and stole the middle nest. Many moved but some have stayed. Strange how they co-exist but I am not an expert. Lovely! Sheila

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