A Day in the Life of a Great Blue Heron

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It’s morning, time to wake up, Great Blue Heron.

You’ve got a lot to do today….

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Standing on those nice long legs….

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Fishing all day….

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With a dagger beak…

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Successfully…

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While protecting your fishing territory….

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Or maybe some courtship….

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Got to stay clean with an occasional bath….

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And preen those gorgeous feathers….

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While flying around from favorite spot to favorite spot…..

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Or sometimes just resting and enjoying the big view….

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And as the busy day comes to an end, feeling sleepy and ready for the night’s rest….

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A lot goes on in the day of the life of the Great Blue Heron.

(All photos taken in Florida in recent weeks.)

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61 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Great Blue Heron

  1. A lovely little glimpse into the life of your Great Blue Heron, Donna. You captured each aspect so well, and they always look so special with breeding plumage. Such a blessing to have blue skies to get good colour, we have had rain and clouds for weeks now that the drought has broken and La Nina has kicked in.

    • Thank you, Ashley! I’ve collected some great behavioral shots in these past couple months with the vast number of birds, It worked out great sharing the GBH in a series. Prayers your weather improves with some clearings to enjoy.

  2. Amazing set of clear, bright pictures! I love the good close look at those sturdy legs and the eye-catching profile portrait. Stunning! Thanks for sharing a day in the life of this wonderful bird.

  3. Lovely birds! I was amazed last summer by how long they can stay still LOL I was trying to wait until they take off, but most of the time I give up before they do🙂
    I love the first photo, with its own reflection.
    xx

    • Thank you, Christie! When I first started birding 10+ yrs ago, one of the first birds I worked with was the GBH (because they stood still and you could get a decent shot, lol), but boy, they can be still a LONG time! I think they taught me to be a little more patient with birding…..and life! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jane! The answer is yes to breeding season. During breeding, their chestnut shoulder (epaulette) will darken in the front part to black and become more prominent with the extra plumage feathers that developed. Best time to see the black is when they are at rest. Now to throw a little boomerang into the picture, some GBH’s may retain their black/chestnut shoulder patch year round, it’s more discreet because of less feathers and not as dark in color, maybe more of a dark blue/gray fading to chestnut. Great questions, Jane! I love these birds!

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