Beautiful Great Blue Heron Expecting to Fly

© Babsje (

Great blue heron practicing flying one day before fledging.

There you stood on the edge of your feather
Expecting to fly…
Neil Young
Buffalo Springfield Again

The fledgling Great Blue Heron seemed to hover atop the branch mid-flight, toes outstretched with only one goal in mind, stick the landing. There was no margin for error 80 feet above the island floor.

My heart was in my throat as I watched – riveted – from across the channel, eight stories down.

The next day, only one Heron remained at the nest.

And the next day?

Spoiler alert here.

What a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Thanks to Cherie and WordPress for the recent WPC Challenge: Atop.

Thanks once again to Paula for her Thursday’s Special challenge.

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

Thanks to the kind folks hosting SkyWatch Friday.

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™

© 2017 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Posted on April 15, 2017, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, DPchallenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Skywatch Friday, Thursday's Special, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Babsje, what a fine image and metaphor for us all: expecting to fly (and land).

  2. Fantastic photo, Babsje. Thank you for the offering 🙂

  3. Fabulous shot in silhouette

  4. Great shot – and I have just been reminded to put on some Neil Young!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  5. 🙂 What an amazing picture!
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend 🙂

  6. Fantastic capture, Babsje. That first take-off must be quite nerve-racking for the parent as well as for the fledgeling. 🙂

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