Catch Me If You Can

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My heart was in my throat as the older great blue heron bore down on the newly-fledged bird.


Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts. These two herons are a year apart in age, and share the same parents and nest. The fledgling was only two or three days out of the nest at this time, and his very light coloring contrasts with the more mature plumage of the yearling.

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

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday 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.

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, Fledgling

Posted on July 2, 2014, in ardea herodias, Audubon, Birds, Fledgling heron, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Wonderful flight shot and I hope nothing bad happened.

    • Margaret, thanks for your kind comment, glad you like this photo. The heron chase scene had a happy ending, the fledgling escaped unscathd and the yearling resumed his patrol of his territory on the shoreline. Thanks for asking.

  2. Herons may be beautiful, especially in your photos, but they are ornery cusses

    • Many thanks, glad you find them beautiful and you’re right – the adult male GBH can be especially persistent when defending his territory afters breeding season. The females are generally more accepting of the presence of other herons and will sometimes even fish together, but the males can be quite aggressive. I’ve never seen one be aggressive towards a human in the way of swans, though.

  3. Great capture of the herons! They are beautiful birds. Have a happy day!

  4. Beautiful shot. You are so lucky to have access to these amazing creatures. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

    • Many thanks for your kind comment, Lisa, glad you like the photos of herons. And yes, I feel fortunate to live in an area with these beautiful birds.

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