Beautiful Heron in the African Queen

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Great blue heron soaring upwards.

I heard the Heron’s distress call before I saw him.

After literally thousands of hours in the field watching the Great Blue Herons, I am susceptible to “trompe l’oeil” moments. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve mistaken a twisted tree trunk glinting in the sun for a Heron, or a rock formation that fools my eye from a distance.

So, yes, my eyes have been fooled. But my ears?

In what seemed a “trompe l’oreille” fool-the-ears experience, the frantic frawhnk, frawhnk of a Heron being flushed erupted from the movie screen, and in the blink of an eye, the Heron burst from the shoreline and fled the approaching boat.

Heron in African Queen circa 1950

You can hear Great Blue Heron calls at Audubon and also at Cornell’s All About Birds.

(Who but yours truly will review a film and only focus on the Heron??)
Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for their recent WPC Challenge: Story. If you like old Bogart movies as much as I do, The Africa Queen spins a delightful story.

And more thanks to Cheri and WordPress for the recent Daily Prompt: Frantic. Filmed live on location, the film crew boat flushed the Heron, who burst away with frantic cries.

Thanks to Cee for her recent Photo Challenge: Wildlife. Once again, I am very tardy, Cee, but I couldn’t resist. The wildlife in The African Queen is as real as it gets. Not a frame of CGI, all shot on location in Africa. Hippos, fierce crocs, monkeys, lions, and that unexpected Heron.
Watch this space for news of my next one-woman photography show for the months of May and June, 2018.
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. (

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on March 30, 2018, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Film, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Beautiful photos. 😀

  2. One of my favorite movies! I’ll have to look for the heron next time I watch – trust you to find it!

    • Hi Gary 😅 Glad you like both the African Queen and also this post, but as far as you saying “leave it to me to find the heron” … I think it’s more like the “heron found me”. Without that distinctive call drawing my attention, I might have missed that there was a Heron. If you want to find it in the movie, the Heron show up a few minutes after the one-hour two-minute mark IIRC. Best, Babsje

    • I just realized that I’ve confused two different “kestrels” with each other, my sincere apologies! I have egg on my face, fortunately it’s not Heron or Kestrel egg. I hope you are enjoying the nearly spring-like weather now. Many thanks for visiting and commenting. Best, Babsje

  3. But you eventually saw one 🙂

  4. Weer een heel fijne post en foto’s

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