Great Blue Herons Are Cool And Fun To watch. .
Many time when I am hiking along streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands I hear the swooshing of wings overhead and regretfully look up to see a great blue heron taking off before I can get a photograph. On Saturday, while hiking in the PPL Wetlands, I was fortunate to come upon this heron standing absolutely still on a log in one of the duckweed covered canals.
These graceful birds stand motionless waiting to spear catch a passing fish or move ever so slowly sneaking up on a frog or small turtle.
I watched this one for a few minutes but too close. It took off but landed only a few hundred feet further up the canal.
It again took off as I approached. I continued on my hike, returning a few hours later to again find, I think, the same great blue heron now sitting on a log in a larger lake in the wetlands.
These birds are common around the waters of Northeastern Pennsylvania and throughout North and Central America.
I stood for about a half hour in the intense July sun hoping to see this one catch a fish or frog but all I got was to see it spread it’s spectacular wings as it took off,
to try a new location on another log to catch lunch.
I had better luck last year when I captured this photograph of a great blue heron catching a fish near Doylestown Pennsylvania. Here is a link to my photo gallery with more pictures of this awesome experience. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/blue-heron-bucks-county-may-20-2016
I will try and be more quiet, and keep my eyes peeled on my hikes in the wetlands in hope of once again capturing one of these beautiful birds catching a meal. Here is a link to some more photographs of the blue heron taken last Saturday. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/birds-of-pennsylvania/nggallery/birds-of-pennsylvania/great-blue-heron-PPL-wetlands-July-8-2017-
“Creativity is the Blue Heron within us waiting to fly; through her imagination, all things become possible.”― Nadia Janice Brown