Beautiful Great Blue Herons’ Moving Story

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Great Blue Heron and Fish Ladder- babsjeheron

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

― Lao Tzu


A story out of San Francisco this week caught my eye “Wildlife experts hope plan to relocate Oakland herons will fly.”

The more than 250 herons that flock to Oakland every year to breed are in store for a feather-ruffling surprise when they return to their favorite downtown nesting spot in February. The giant canopies where the long-legged fowl have gathered for nearly a decade are no longer there, and the humans who removed their nests are hoping to lure them to a new breeding ground about a half-mile away at Lake Merritt with decoys equipped with loudspeakers to broadcast recordings of heron mating calls.

Stay tuned in a few months as we learn the success of this well-intentioned action to save the herons.

This effort is not without risk, but you know who I’m rooting for and how much I love happy endings.

Thanks to Ailsa and WordPress for the Travel Theme: Fragile prompt. Looking closely at the side wall of the fish ladder, you can see the hole through which the water gushes. We don’t often think of concrete as being fragile, but it is susceptible to the forces of water. As Lao Tsu said “water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield.’

Thanks also to Michelle W and WordPress for the recent Daily prompt: Relocate.

Also, thanks to Ben H and WordPress for the recent WPC challenge: Serene. As difficult as it may be to believe, this truly was a moment of serenity, alone with the Great Blue Heron as she calmly perched on one leg on the shoulder of the fish ladder.

Through July 13, 2017 I was a Featured Artist 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.

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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2017 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on December 7, 2017, in ardea herodias, Art, daily prompt, DPchallenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography challenge, postaday, Travel Theme Challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Thank you for this wonderful reminder of the power of water and the lure of the sound of love.

    • Hi Gary. Many thanks for your kind words. I especially like your turn of phrase “the lure of love.” That is precisely their intent, to use recordings of Herons to lure the returnees to their new home trees. Fingers crossed for a happy outcome. Best, Babsje

  2. Didn’t see the story but extremely interesting. Hope it’s successful – great shot and keep up the good work with the galleries!

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