Great Blue Heron Fly-By

Great Blue Herons are year-round residents of the Chesapeake Bay region, as long as there is a source of water and food.  Once the water freezes, they’ll move around until they find another area that offers their needs.

With the changing of the seasons, it had been a couple months since I’d seen a Great Blue Heron on Cambridge Creek.

That changed recently.  Two times on two different days last week, I watched one fly towards and past me from the watermen’s public marina/ramp where it had been hanging out.

A Great Blue Heron doing a fly-by….

GBH Fly-by 03

Great Blue Heron


When they fly this close, you can hear the ‘whoosh’ of their wings’ strong, graceful stride.

GBH Fly-by 02

Great Blue Heron


Their wingspan can reach up to 6 1/2 feet wide.

GBH Fly-by 03

“Gorgeous Wings”


How nice to have a Great Blue Heron stop by the creek for a visit during these cold, January days!


35 thoughts on “Great Blue Heron Fly-By

  1. Great images of the heron in flight, and your “perch” gives us a perspective that we’re seldom able to get in the wild.

    Sorry that I’ve gotten behind in your posts, I updated the operating software on my computer and it doesn’t play nicely with either WordPress or my Email system.

    • Thank you, Jerry! I am loving shooting from this different perspective. Oh no, computer OS updating issuing! Yikes! I go into panic mode when my computer isn’t performing correctly….then I call my son for help. 😊

  2. Beautiful flight captures Donna! I find when there is a period of a month or more when birds are not present it is because they are nesting. This happened recently with our Rainbow Lorikeets disappearing for a couple of months and then suddenly reappearing. As you saw in a recent post of mine, an adult with a juvenile. Herons are very secretive nesters similar to spoonbills.

    • Thank you, Ashley! The Great Blue Herons around our Chesapeake Bay/Mid-Atlantic region begin their nesting towards late February and all of March. They primarily nest in rookeries. And you are right, their nests are usually well hidden! 🙂

  3. Beautifully captured shots, from perspectives that most photographers can’t get! The water is a nice background which does not distract the eyes away from the Great Blue Heron.

  4. Wow! They are such awesome creatures. Wonderful captures looking down on them flying. That’s a pretty amazing vantage point you have there.

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