Cleanup in Aisle 11 with Great Blue Heron

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Great blue heron holding a huge plastic bag she pulled from the muck along the shore.


Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Community prompt. She asked for photos that speak to the topic of “community.” Our community has wonderful volunteer groups that perform cleanups of the rivers, ponds, and lakes in the Charles River Watershed. Volunteers pilot their boats with crews of others, and they comb the shores for debris. As you can see from the photo in this post, even the wildlife helps in the cleanup. Although the photo has an amusing aspect, plastic trash such as the huge bag shown are a serious danger to shorebirds, who can choke on or become entangled. More to come in a future post.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

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Great Blue Heron, Pollution

Posted on December 18, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Ecology, Great Blue Heron, Humor, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Gotta love that title, Babs. 🙂

  2. Great caption and capture!
    On a serious note, the debris is most definitely a concerning threat to our wildlife.

  3. You just have a knack with words + photos:-)

  4. Fantastic – an ecologically aware heron! (and yes, the title was very cute!) 🙂

  5. wow! i think that could be a add’ shot for green earth org or somthing, brilliant capture dude…

  6. Wow! Talk about an image that gets a point across!

  7. its a pity it isn’t pulling up reel food, sad state that our pollution affects wildlife often to a degree that it kills individual birds, hope this one put the rubbish to one side and carried on eating

    • Dave, you’re right, and I agree. Fortunately this bird wasn’t harmed, and although the plastic bag got hooked on her lower beak for a while, she was able to shake it off. I followed her, prepared to close in and free her, but that wasn’t necessary and she did go back to stalking and catching real food that day. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

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