Swan Song?

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great blue heron standing atop an abandoned swans’ nest.


Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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

Thanks to Cee for her Fun Foto Challenge: Large prompt. (The great blue heron is large. The swans’ nest is larger.)

Thanks to Ailsa for her Where’s My Backpack: Wood prompt. (The abandoned swans’ nest was built from wood, some dead, some living, as you can see.)

Thanks to Michelle for her Weekly Pet Challenge.


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.

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© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

Posted on February 12, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Michelle's Weekly Pet Challenge, Nature, Photography, postaday, Weekly Travel Themes, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Compare a Great Blue Heron to a chickadee and the heron is gigantic….Love your photos as always.

    • Indeed, you are so right. I actually had a post planned for today with GBH and a Goldfinch in the same frame, but might use a Red Winged Blackbird, instead. Thanks for your kind words and for hosting your fun challenge!

  2. So graceful! Thanks so much for the entry, Babsje 🙂

  3. Always love seeing the big guys!

  4. Great photo again, Babsje. 🙂

  5. HI B Gosh I wonder why the Swan’s nest was abandoned? Great shot of the Heron.

    • Hi Margaret, that’s a good question. The nest was in an area where I had never before seen swans in prior years. (Swans usually nest about 5-6 miles further south on the lake.) About 2 weeks before taking that photo, I did see one pair of swans swimming a couple of coves farther north of that spot. That spot is in an area historically used by breeding Canada geese and many ducks, also ospreys and two kinda of hawks – Red Tails and Northern Harrier Hawks. There are also foxes and muskrats there. The swans’ eggs could have failed for several reasons or they could have been chased off by predators. Glad you like this post, thanks for visiting and commenting again!

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