Plucky Great Blue Heron’s Happy Ending

The yearling great blue heron strutted the length of the half-submerged log and branches, plumes puffed and gorgeous.

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Young male great blue heron in display while approaching an older
female heron in the cove. To read the original post, please click here.

The female watched, unmoving, unthreatened. For the duration of his approach, she stood entirely still save for a slight shift in the angle of her head, in my direction as I sat equally motionless in the kayak.

This was one of the stories of the young Romeo heron chasing after his Juliette.

I know that some readers were wondering about the survival of the great blue heron who epically and heroically swallowed the two-foot-long pike. (Please click here in case you missed that series of posts.)

The female heron being pursued by the young male shown in the photo in this post is the same bird that swallowed the huge pike. The chase scene described in this post took place almost three years after the drama of the ginormous pike.

Plilpala51 noted in a comment on that epic post that the heron would be fine.

And she was.

I have seen her every summer since that 2007 saga.

I love happy endings.


Thanks to Paula and WordPress for the Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge Challenge. (This was an amazingly intimate encounter with these two great blue herons, a very special outimg in the cove for me.)

Thanks to Ailsa for her Weekly Travel Theme: Still prompt. (The older female heron was a study in stillness, unmoving in the face of the onslaught from the younger male.)

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

Thanks once more to Prairiebirder Charlotte for her Feathers on Friday 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.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron

Posted on December 19, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Feathers on Friday, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, postaday, Thursday's Special, Weekly Travel Themes, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Hi. Me too. I love happy endings also. That shot today is great. may I wish you a HAPPY CHRISTMAS. I hope you and your family have a great time.

    • Hi Margaret – I’m glad you like this photo! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting again. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and yours, too.

  2. I am happy to hear a happy ending too, we need a bit of encouragement when we are entering a fresh new year ;). Thank you for the post, Babsje. May you have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year 🙂

    • You’re right, Paula, we do need happy endings for starting out a new year. Many thanks for your kind words. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

  3. Great story – that is a big fish for a heron!

    Hope you have a good Christmas and that the herons are still there in 2014!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    • Thanks, Stewart, it IS a big fish for a heron! I also hope the herons will all be back in 2014, plus our plucky egret, who was the only egret I’ve seen at that lake ever. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too. Best, Babsje

  4. Love this shot. Capturing this behavior with such clarity and sharpness is pretty special. Nice work!

    • Many thanks, Nick. That was a very special day. At one point we were all positioned in a triangle – me in the natural-cover hide, with the young male to the left and the female to my right. The male put on quite a show for his intended beloved. I’m grateful to have been in the right place at the right time.

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