Beautiful Great Blue Heron in the Fish Ladder (Not Art Nbr 8)

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Great Blue Heron Has Gone Fishing – babsjeheron

The Great Blue Heron tenuously worked her way up the fish ladder, scanning the rushing waters for lunch. The river was in drought conditions that subdued the usually-robust waterfall to a trickle, and her customary fishing hole at the base of the falls proved fruitless.

Fortunately for the Great Blue Heron, the ‘no fishing in fish ladder’ policy doesn’t apply to Herons.

And fortunately, too, for this photographer who watched the exciting scene unfold.


Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Chaos. Ben has asked for our takes on chaos this week. From a visual perspective, the water tumbling down the fish ladder seethed fiercely. On a more important level, many people experience their worlds as especially chaotic in recent days. Going fishing – whether with a rod and reel and lures or just with a camera – is a small antidote that can bring a few moment of peace.

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, TCAN

Posted on November 10, 2016, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Bird photography, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. What a nice scene of the heron at work!! The size of the fish they can consume is always amazing to me. 🙂

    • Hi Judy – thanks for your astute comment! Yes, it’s amazing that the slender Heron necks can expand enough to accommodate such large fish. I also thought it clever of her to seek out fishes in the fish ladder that day, have never seen her do that before. Also, did you notice her feet?? Best, Babsje

      • I noticed the leg looked scraped up and all the grasses on the wall underneath the feet. Looking more closely the forward foot looks like the toes might be damaged, the other foot looks splayed normally. Is the bird injured? One of the observations of injured birds is that they keep on living life and working despite many injuries. I’d be home in my lazy boy bemoaning my situation probably!

        • Hi Judy – Yes, you’re right. The bird is missing the firsr and/or second knuckles of some toes on that foot. The injuries are not new – I have photos going back to 2007 sbowing them. The skin on that leg has been like that for a long time, as well. Someone once observed that they all look the same, how could someone tell them apart? Those toes are pretty unique. So, you’re also right that they keep on keeping on despite many kinds of injuries. But I’m with you – bring on that Lazy Boy! Best, Babsje

  2. Wooooow fantastic he can fish up such big fish

  3. Babsje, when I look through Darwin’s lens at this photo I am astonished by the combination of beauty and evolutionary function. In addition to what others have noticed, I see the muscles in her neck. She is made for heavy lifting.

    • Hi Gary – Many thanks for your astute observation and kind words. I appreciate the way you are a ‘close reader’ of the photographs, and the various interpretations and perceptions you share. Best, Babsje

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