Great Blue Heron Pose Only a Mother Could Love: Not Art Nbr 5

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Great Blue Heron Territorial Display – babsjeheron

This Great Blue Heron is a woman of many moods. It is the same individual Great Blue Heron you see here, and here, and here, and even here. (And in yet more posts, but you get the idea.)

Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Fun. The photo here may show the Heron with what looks like a funny expression, but she was being quite serious at the time. A fisherman was plying the water in her territory that day, and she used this territorial display in an effort to chase him off. Other birds are adept at reading Heron body language, but fishermen? Not so much. That day, the fisherman ignored her threatening pose, which ultimately was lucky for the Heron: at the end of the day, she was rewarded when he tossed a 2-foot long Pike her way.

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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, Kayaking, TCAN

Posted on August 17, 2016, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Bird photography, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, TCAN, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. 🙂 Oh, my, what a stunning animal! Beautifully captured.
    Have a very HAPPY evening 🙂

  2. She’s definitely in a huff…when mama ain’t happy ain’t no one happy!!

    • Hi Judy – You can say that again! This is one of those photos that bird geeks like. I’m amazed at how they fluff out those feathers to make them appear much larger and more threatening to potential predators. The fisherman had no clue as to what she was feeling. I often think that anyone – fishermen, photographers, whomever – who spends time in the company of herons would do well to learn about their body language – to avoid unnecessarily stressing them… But it made for a fascinating encounter that day for sure! Best, Babsje

      • I told a couple of men photographers at a site where we were taking pictures of Great Blue Herons that men..human ones…could learn a lot from the Great Herons…sharing duties so equally…nest getting ….egg sitting…foraging for chicks….spelling their mate…etc They just looked at me. LOL!! I was most serious too!!

        • Good for you to have done that! Great Blues have a truly egalitarian relationship during breeding and nesting times. I love watching the changing of the guard, when one relieves the other at the nest, and the nestlings clamber about for whatever food the incoming parent brings. I also love watching Osprey males bringing fish to the female stuck at the nest, the way the males give half of a fish to his mate. (Not to change breeds mid-comment or anything.) Hope those men took your observation to heart. Best, Babsje

  3. Great pose of the héron

  4. I didn’t know they could control their throat feathers so well?

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