When is a Beautiful Great Blue Heron Most Like a Golden Retriever?

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Great Blue Heron Shaking off Water – babsjeheron

Happiness is a warm puppy Great Blue Heron.

With apologies to Charles Schultz and Peanuts

Just like a wet dog, a Heron sheds water by doing a whole-body shake. Today’s Heron is the same one shown running on the water. When she came to a stop at the water’s edge, she launched into a full-body shake that sent her wings shimmying, feathers ruffling and water spraying in all directions.

This photo is a variation on an earlier theme of mine: When is a Great Blue Heron Most Like a Dog? In that post, you can see multiple photos showing the range of motion used to dry off.

When dogs shake off water, the movement starts at their snout, and if you grab their muzzle, supposedly they can’t complete the shake. Do you suppose grabbing a Heron’s bill would have the same effect?


Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Beloved. The love I feel for this Great Blue Heron in particular is long-standing. She is the same Heron as featured here and even here.

Thanks also to Ben H and WordPress for their recent WPC Challenge: Variations on a Theme.

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.

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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2018 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on February 9, 2018, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, DPchallenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great shot, Babsje. I don’t think I would try grabbing the beak. 😀

  2. I have missed visiting your blog….love your quote-: walk softly carry a long len…..love it!
    This year, I saw many more herons but never did let you know what my count was here on the Mississippi in Quad Cities Illinois. I will keep you posted as to if I see more next year. I was excited for a few years there seemed to be so few. I saw many young ones too and a few seniors as well, they look like such wise old souls out there:-)
    as always beautiful photos:-)

    • Hi Robbie. So GOOD to hear from you, many thanks for your kind comment. I noticed your post mentioning changes at your own blog including turning off comments, which made me feel a bit sad. I’m one of the least-frequent commenters, myself, but I do read every post you write, even though I don’t have a garden of my own. And I always enjoy hearing about your Heron encounters. For a while there you were seeing more of them (on your bike rides) than I was seeing at my lake. 🙂 Please continue to keep me posted. Best, Babsje

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