Hey, I Was Here First

I happened upon a Great Blue Heron on the embankment alongside the wildlife drive at Blackwater NWR.  Didn’t he hear my car pull up behind him?

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Great Blue Heron


He was so close, he had to.  He just chose to ignore me.


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Great Blue Heron


Why?  Because he had better things to do.  Fish!


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Great Blue Heron


I slowly pulled away to give him back his space, so he could continue his mission.  This Great Blue Heron wasn’t leaving his spot no matter who pulled up behind him.  Rightly so!  Isn’t that one of the rules of fishing, that he was there first?  🙂



34 thoughts on “Hey, I Was Here First

  1. It definitely is a rule! Don’t you just love when the wildlife stays and goes about their business? I find those moments so precious. And good on you for backing away and not intruding further. Well done!

  2. Love it when that happens! Beautiful shots! He probably had his eye on a particularly good fish and he wasn’t about to lose that prize lol! 😁

    • On the wildlife drive, driving slowly and shooting from your car is a great blind. But try to open your car door, and that will scare them away. This fella probably has seen his share of those darn cars. It’s those human bodies they don’t like! lol

  3. It was nice of you to pull away and let him get what maybe his only meal of the day. Great shots, I guess you couldn’t get any closer… Thanks Donna! 🙂

    • I imagine he was more like, if I don’t look at her, she WILL go away, lol. I imagine there’s plenty to eat at the refuge with all the waterways and marshes. 🙂 Thanks, HJ!

  4. Thanks for this really good look at the back of his head. Never would have noticed that strange feather(s?) going down the back of his neck. It’s so wonderful that you share these fantastic captures with the rest of us! Thank you.

    • That is the GBH’s pony tail! 😉 Those feathers are actually the GBH’s plume. When they are courting, those feathers will stand up and separate freely. Also, when Bella & Beau were attacking the GBHs in their posts, you’ll notice the GBH got all flustered and all his feathers were puffed up, including that plume. Gives him a little attitude, don’t you think?! I also liked how you could see his eye bulge outward. “My what big eyes you have!” 🙂 Love your comments, Gunta, and you’re welcome!!

      • Thanks for mentioning the GBH’s ‘attitude’ when B&B chased him off. I had to go back and take a better look because the fluffed feathers hadn’t registered previously. The GBHs are such odd, yet wonderful critters. I love seeing them every single time. We have quite a few around here. As a matter of fact, we see them fly up and down the creek quite often. Just yesterday evening I spotted a pair flying up the creek as I was washing dishes. Eric thinks there may be a rookery somewhere in the vicinity. We’re on the lookout to find it, but haven’t yet!

    • Thank you Jane! I also thought seeing his bulging big eye was pretty neat too. And who can’t love that pretty black plume down the back of the neck! We used to call that his pony tail. 😉

  5. Beautiful shots, Donna! I’ll bet you were expecting him to take off any moment. I had an experience like that in my back yard a few years ago where I kept getting closer and closer, using my new Nikon camera and lens, and couldn’t believe he didn’t move. In fact I was hoping he would take off so I could get a flight shot. But eventually, like you, I backed off, thrilled with my ‘captures’.

    • Thank you! I did think he would fly before I could even get the window down and camera pointed. Vehicles do create excellent ‘blinds’ with birds, go figure! I know, sometimes we do want the flight shots, but I loved these I shot of him and was thrilled too. There will always be another GBH in our areas, right?!! 🙂

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