Beautiful Great Blue Heron’s Magical Feather

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Great Blue Heron Feather – babsjeheron

Red is grey and yellow white,
but we decide which is right,
and which is an illusion.

Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed

The feather shown in the top pane here is the same feather as that shown at bottom. Both photos were taken on the same day, with the same camera and lens, within minutes of each other. Only the background colors have been changed.

Some fascinating examples of ‘color illusions’ such as this can be found at Brain Den. Enjoy!


Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for the recent WPC Challenge: Magic. Is an optical illusion magic? Yes, in fact, many magic tricks employ optical illusions, as a quick internet search will reveal.

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™

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Great Blue Heron, TCAN, kayaking

Posted on November 25, 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. 12 Comments.

  1. Wel done at being featured at the 3 in one woman show.

    • Thanks for your kind comment, Margaret. I feel very fortunate to have had those opportunities to share thr Great Blue Herons with people in the gallery space. Best, Babsje

    • Dear Kitty / Petrel – thank you for sending this link. I had not yet seen it, fascinating. The Egret does not seem to have breeding plumage, at least not that my poor eyesight can discern. I am wondering if this Egret is actually the result of a Great Egret mating with a different bird? Snowies have black beaks… Has the weather in that area been unseasonably warm? Maybe that accounts for the coloring? Here, I have seen Great Blues in breeding plumage in Autumn, long after the normal mating season. If conditions are just so, they can “try” to breed again. Thanks for your kind words. Best, Babsje

      • Hi babsje, Old World little egrets have black bills as well; but the maker of the video thought it very improbable that it was a little egret-great egret hybrid; more probably the bird’s hormones were confused. Autumn was warmer than usually.

        • Thank, I agree with you. Although, I wonder – don’t White Ibis have red legs, too? Interbreeding can happen with some birds depending on circumstances. I would agree with the videographer except that there doesn’t appear to be any of the gorgeous breeding plumes on the Egret’s back that are usually seen here. Can you see any in the video? Maybe viewing in slo-mo would help. In any event, a really unique bird! Thanks for sharing. Best, Babsje

  2. Magnificent feather of the heron

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