Beautiful Great Blue Heron in the Forest

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Beautiful Great Blue Heron in the Forest

Any Great Blue Heron nestlings that have survived this long would be grown enough by now to be left alone in their nests, and so both parents can be found foraging. On this day, both male and female Great Blue Herons plied the shore – separately. No longer together now that nesting is done, the male becomes territorial about his feeding grounds, and will aggressively chase off the female or offspring.

So, I was not surprised at the high-velocity chase scene that unfolded when first the kayak slipped out of the tunnel that morning. The female flew directly overhead in a burst of feathers, and banked to the northwest out of sight. The male caught sight of the kayak and swiftly reversed course, heading back, deeper into the cove.

What did surprise me was this: the male in the photo here is not the ‘usual’ one that inhabits that cove. It is an adult male with breeding plumes, but younger and with very different markings than the usual male that “owns” that patch of shoreline,

So, a mystery. Does our female Great Blue Heron have a new mate? Or was this younger male just an interloper? Stay tuned. Time – and more photos – will tell.

I love a good mystery!


Thanks to Cee for hosting Cee’s Black & White Challenge. This tree is clearly older than 50 years, the Heron? I wish they could live to be 50, but as far as I am aware, early 20’s may be the record for a Great Blue


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

Posted on August 9, 2015, in ardea herodias, Art, Black & White Sunday, Cee's Black & White Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I like this B & W shot of the Heron.

  2. Beautiful black and white. I really like the heron. 😀

  3. Babsje, by focusing on one thing–the lives of herons in your area, you take us deep into the mysteries of the whole world. Thanks. This is a reminder to pay even more careful attention to my corner of the world.

    • Hi Gary – Many thanks for your kind words. There are many layers to the small ecosystem at this lake, and I am grateful for the opportunities to observe there. Even though the birds are creatures of habit – just like man – no two days on the water have ever been the same. As this vignette shows, I think I’m observing the same Heron in the same cove as always, but I was mistaken, delightedly so. I’m eager to see which of the two male Great Blues is in residence when I return. Best, Babsje

  4. Love the drama and scale of the trees next to the heron….and the light filtering through. Very pretty.

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment, Judy. And speaking of liking things, I enjoyed your recent photos of your granddaughter, especially the first one. She is quite a charmer and the candid nature of your photos lets her personality shine through. Best Babsje

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