Great Blue at Bombay Hook NWR

One final bird from my visit to Bombay Hook NWR.  A Great Blue Heron, and as some of you know, it is one of my favorites.  I got out of the car for this one and perched myself along the water bank.

He was the perfect model.  My challenge was the lighting.  He was in the shade with some sunlight filtering through.  Great practice, I thought.

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A stopped car along the wildlife drive means others are going to stop.  See what you are seeing and what they might be missing.

I heard that first car stopping behind me.

So before someone scared him off, I slowly moved a little closer.

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He did not mind me.  He did not mind the other photographer I could hear behind me now, clicking off some shots.   His new interest became what caught his eye in the water below.

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Well, he stayed in that pose a bit but never struck anything.  Finally, he just curled himself back up and froze in time.  He and I heard another car stopping.

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And that was my cue to thank him and head back to my car, wondering how I had done.  Didn’t matter, I enjoyed just being there, watching him for a while before I headed back out of the refuge and onto my errands.

Always fun though to do a little side trip for a little birding when you can sneak it in.  This quick side trip netted two lifers.  Awwww….life is good!


53 thoughts on “Great Blue at Bombay Hook NWR

  1. Very nice images and story, Donna! The GBH are one of my favorites, too, and I’m always amazed at how often they get into position to strike and it never happens.

  2. Great pics Donna, and all the more splendid with breeding plumage. Wow and two lifers as well. Don’t you love it when our Lord gives the unexpected surprise gift like that. It is always a challenge to get good shots when the curious passerby stop, and most times they are not Birder’s and do not exercise the skill of stealth. I could understand your concerns regarding cars stopping. I have lost many great photo moments from the same, and sometimes after waiting for some time for the opportunity. Have an interesting and enjoyable week Donna.😊

  3. Wow absolutely beautiful captures of an incredible creature! I don’t know that Ive seen a blue Heron in person or if I did I might not have been able to identify them.

    • Thank you! They are very large herons, standing 3-4 feet tall, who love coastal and marshlands. Some regions they are not so skiddish, but other regions you can’t get near them. I hope you get a chance to see one in person one day!

    • 🙂 I try to match my header to the post, but my theme doesn’t allow the header to follow the post. My theme is no longer supported as well, so I need to find a new one and make the change. Keep my headers with my posts. 🙂 Thanks Gunta!

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