Beautiful Great Blue Heron’s Environmental Protection Gig

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Great Blue Carrying Huge Plastic Bag – babsjeheron

When last we saw our plucky Heron heroine, her young suitor was about to challenge her for the huge plastic bag she had pulled from the muck along the shore. (Click here to read about the cleanup in the cove if you missed the earlier posts.)

In this photo, she’s carrying it as she starts her march out of the cove.

I wish I could say that she was carrying it voluntarily, but I cannot: the plastic was hooked securely on her lower bill.

Thanks to Cee for her recent Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Good & Bad. It’s very GOOD that this Great Blue Heron did her part to remove that huge plastic bag from the cove at the lake. It’s looking very BAD, however, for the National Park Service and environmental science lately.

Thanks to Ailsa for her Weekly Travel Theme: March. Yes, the Heron is female, and yes, she is starting to march away with the plastic bag, and so this is indeed a Woman’s March, albeit missing that signature hat.

Thanks also once again to Stewart Moncton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

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, environmental protection

Posted on January 26, 2017, in ardea herodias, Birds, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, environmental protection, Great Blue Heron, Nature, plastic bags, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. How terrible that the bag was Hooked to her bill what a fantastic shot

    • Hi Margaret – Thanks for your sensitive comment about the plastic bag being stuck on her bill. It was exciting to witness the two Great Blue Herons interacting over the find of the large plastic bag, but VERY alarming to see that she couldn’t easily remove the bag. Best, Babsje

    • Many thanks for your kind words. This was one of those experiences that was unexpected and amazing to see, and I was lucky that any of the photos came out that day. Best, Babsje

  2. Thanks so much for playing along this week. Have a great weekend.

  3. 🙂 Beautiful pictures!
    Have a very HAPPY weekend 🙂

  4. Fabulous photo and fabulous write up. Hae you read Carolyn Kaiser’s “The Great Blue Heron?”
    One of my favorite poems.

  5. Wonderful photos. All bird photos are favorites of mine! Love the heron photo!

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