Tag Archives: Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

Another nesting season has begun for the Great Blue Herons and this male was on a mission to find some nest material.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge
Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge

You can see from looking at the stick selection on the ground around him that he should have considered going a bit further from the nest.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material

He eventually found a small stick.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick
Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick

The route to his nest in the skinny tree was into the sun so this isn’t much of an image but gives you the idea of the action. And that the skinny tree is still standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest
Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
January 4, 2021

Great Blue Heron Running

Running on Water that is.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Sometimes a bird just doesn’t do what you expect.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

I thought this Great Blue Heron was going to poke around in that snag, looking for fish.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

He thought otherwise.

And I was so close to him I didn’t get great perspective. He only went to the edge of the pond. Where he immediately plucked a fish out of the water–none of that wait, watch, wait some more action.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons Around The Swamp

These are three different Great Blue Herons I saw around the ponds on a recent walk.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron Just Off the Path — Close

At this time of year they are pretty content to just stand around in the sun.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron Through the Grass

This corner of the pond is completely covered in duck weed. All that green gives the appearance of full summer, despite it being early November.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons Tucked in the Grass

It was a morning for Great Blue Herons to stay tucked into the grass, not quite hiding. In this first image the heron is standing in a tidal creek, the sun had just come up but was behind a low bank of clouds.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass

The second one I spotted was on the edge of a canal around one of the old rice fields.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass

A little later on the sun became brighter, highlighting the change in color in the grass around this pond from green to autumn browns and golds. Wading birds often gather on the edges of these hillocks of marsh grass, uncaring about the passing Alligators.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass, Alligators moving on by

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
October 2, 2020