Beautiful Great Blue Heron Fledgling Basking

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Beautiful Great Blue Heron Fledgling Basking – babsjeheron

all that remains is water and sky,
the dry sound of wind in the reeds,
and the sight of an unflappable heron on the shore.

“Simple Arithmetic” excerpt
From “Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems” by Billy Collins


Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the recent WPC Challenge: Tiny. “Tiny” is a relative concept when it comes to some birds, especially big birds (yes, even including everyone’s favorite Big Bird). The fledgling Great Blue Heron shown here was less than one week out of the nest when that photo was taken, a very young baby learning his way in the world.

My Great Blue Heron photography has been featured in 3 one-woman shows at the Summer Street Gallery of The Natick Center for the Arts. 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™

© 2016 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, kayaking

Posted on November 20, 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. 6 Comments.

  1. until this year, i’d never noticed that herons stand around this way. it’s strange posture.

    • Pretty observant of you to notice that. They do this for a couple of reasons – in hot weather, it helps them dissipate the heat by exposing maximum wing area to whatever breeze there may be. In cooler weather, they can do this facing towards the sun to capture a bit of extra warmth. Best, Babsje

  2. I have never seen any of our Herons doing that, probably too cold and when cold not much sun! Lovely shot

    • Hi Margaret – I’m glad you like this one, thanks for your kind words. Maybe when the weather is just-so, you’ll have a chance to see a Heron in this pose. Good luck! Best, Babsje

  3. To me it’s never seen before this pose

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