A Great Blue Heron spending the afternoon on the banks of an old rice field pond made an excellent portrait subject.
A Great Blue Heron perched on an alligator ramp is passed by a Tri-colored Heron photo bombing my scene. Sometimes the larger Herons will give chase if they feel their space is invaded but this time he went back to preening.
Despite their size Great Blue Herons can hide in plain sight. I’ve jumped more than once when one I didn’t see in the bushes took off with a squawk when he saw me. I did see this one as I got closer but he blended into the foliage when I was further down the path along this pond.
I suspect there used to be a dock of some sort here. These posts now provides Great Blue Herons a perfect spot to watch for fish in this small pond.
I do occasionally see Great Blue Herons Walk but their preferred mode of transportation is flying. This GBH was elegantly covering the distance across a pond with just a few wing strokes.
Out for a stroll along a dike between two ponds, this Great Blue Heron was just taking his time selecting a spot to lift off.
I was too close to capture the take off, and he quickly dropped down into the pond to the left.
This wooden “trunk” controls water flow to and from the old rice field pond seen here and the tidal Ashley River, just at my back as I took this image. A variety of wading birds have become accustomed to stopping by; when the water is flowing through the trunk the fishing can be pretty easy on the low side.
A Great Blue Heron Twisted up like a pretzel while preening,
And the Great Blue Heron wanted the tree to himself.
The Great Egret and the Roseate Spoonbill ignored him, even when he made a flying leap over their heads.
The GBH made some aggressive moves towards the other two and they just rearranged themselves and went about their preening business.
The sun had just come up and the sky’s color reflected in this pond was quite blue. A Great Blue Heron that had been wading in the corner of the pond made an elegant low flight to the other side.
The heron didn’t seem happy and squawked the entire way, perhaps aware of the Bald Eagle in the tree above his starting point.