Circle of Great Blue Heron Life

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Fledgling Great Blue Heron on Log at Dam – babsjeheron

The log teetered at the brink of the falling water, and I quickly positioned the camera to capture the moment it began the inevitable cascade over the brink.

A shadow suddenly passed overhead in the morning drizzle, outside the range of my lens, and I looked up too late to see what it was.

Only when peering through the eyepiece once again was the mystery solved: a fledgling Great Blue Heron was now perched atop the precarious log.

It was the same Great Blue fledgling seen in that area weeks earlier.

My heart sang to see him so healthy and strong.


Thanks to Cheri and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle. 2015 was a slow year for Great Blue Heron fledglings in the area. As of November, I had observed only two that had successfully fledged. The fledgling in today’s photo is the first observed, and I like the idea of starting this new year with a new Heron. The circle of Heron life continues.

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™

© 2016 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, Fledgling

Posted on January 1, 2016, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Heron, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Babsje, it is wonderful to hear again the voice of your post and to have your sharp eye that catches a key moment. Aren’t we all similarly perched? A remarkable photo with vast symbolic implications. Thanks.

    • Hi Gary – Thank you for your generous comment. I appreciate your kind support and keen observations, as always. My time online has been very curtailed the past several months, and I hope to do something about that soon, including reading your own deep offerings at your blog. Best, Babsje

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