Beautiful Great Egret and the MBTA

Egret flying above subtle, shimmery reflection almost like a puddle of moonlight.

Egret flying above shimmery reflection like a puddle of moonlight – babsjeheron

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.     

— Leonardo da Vinci


MBTA?? The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MBTA, which runs our local commuter trains?

Nope, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act MBTA (as explained by Audubon) and the Migratory Bird Convention Act MBCA Canada

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Great Egret Channeling Isadora Duncan – babsjeheron

This is a politics-free space. You won’t hear me advancing any political agenda.

The Great Blue Herons and Egrets, on the other hand, want to remind everyone – regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof – to let your voice be heard where you can to make sure the precious birds and wildlife continue to receive the best protections from harm.

 © Babsje (   Going the distance? Egret ponders a winged migration alternative.

Egret ponders a winged migration alternative.

At the start of this post, I said it wasn’t about the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (which runs our local commuter trains). It looks like our Egret friend here thinks an Amtrak train might be ok for his migration?

Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Birds.
Thanks to Debbie for her Six Word Saturday . This post title has the requisite six words!
A recent Lens Artist challenge from Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya, focuses on wild things. My post today implores us all to make sure our precious wildlife is getting the best possible protection. Without getting into politics, in the U.S., the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 has undergone several modifications over the century, and is presently under review by the Department of the Interior, with an eye to adjusting changes made by the previous administration. At question is whether ‘incidental’ harm to birds made in the course of industry or other activity is permissible. An example: is it acceptable under the law for an offshore windfarm on a migratory route to kill birds who impact the blades?

Check out the Lens Artists’ Let’s Get Wild photos here:

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .

Folks, now that some areas are opening back up, please consider supporting your local Arts communities – whether music, theater, crafts, visual arts venues, and others. All have been impacted over the past year and they need your love.

My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.

2015 (May), 2016 (March and July), 2018 (May, June, July), 2019 (December), 2020 (January) several one-woman photography shows at TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
2018 (September, October) one-woman photography show at Natick Town Hall
2013 thru now 2021 Five Crows Gallery in Natick
2009 one-woman photography show at a local Audubon Sanctuary

From December 4 through January 28, 2020, my Great Blue Heron photographs were once again on display on the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick.

Many of the photos in the exhibit were shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog. As always, many of the photos were taken on the waterways of the Charles River watershed.

Thanks to Erica V and WordPress for the recent WPC: Place in the World. My favorite place is where the Herons are, of course it is. And the Herons? Their place is near the water, but also on the gallery walls and my blog. How else can I share them with you?

Thanks also to Ben H and WordPress for their WPC Challenge: Liquid. The Herons are drawn to water, as am I.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on June 12, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, Egret, environmental protection, Great Blue Heron, Humor, Six Word Saturday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Lovely bird and great quote!

  2. Babsje, thank you for observing this exquisite form and its reflection.

  3. Back in Colorado, we are more likely to see Sandhill Cranes. They have a large migration flight during the spring and fall. Occasionally, we might see an egret, but not too often. Herons, not at all, though I know they can be found in NM along the Rio Grande. We have a lot of hawks, of course, mostly Coopers.

    Of trains, it’s mostly talking about having high speed service along the Colorado Front Range. It never gets past the dreaming stage. They’ve talked about using Accela, MagLev and bullet trains, but whatever it is, it would be a very costly project. They can’t use the existing rail tracks that are used by freight – they would need to be rebuilt. MagLev and bullet trains would need a separate rail infrastructure. Regular rail service on the front range was abandoned in the 1960s when I was in the 4th grade (a long time ago). The Dept of Transportation does have a test bed facility northeast of Pueblo where they’ve tested Accela prototypes. On their closed circuit rail bed, they’ve achieved high speed (125-150 mph) with Accela, which they know can’t be done in the real world.

    • Hi David. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!. I have never seen a Sand Hill Crane, but have wanted to for years. I rarely see Egrets at my local lake bit they are more plentiful closer to the Atlantic Ocean – I’m.about 20 miles inland. When I lived and worked in Denver in the early 80s they were making lots of talk about trains but nobody was holding their breath. Here near Boston I took the commuter train to work daily for around 17 years. It was heavenly. Very relaxing. People made friends with fellow commuters who kept to a pretty regular schedule day in and day out. There are Acela trains between here and New York City and points south but I am not a fan of super high speed rail – it feels dangerous. Bullet trains I can’t see here on the Eastern Seaboard, but my crystal ball isn’t very accurate. Glad you have Cranes and Hawks, too. Hawks are awesome and my favorite bird behind Herons and Egrets. And you have horses! I’ve been enjoying following your tales of your daughters on the circuit. Best, Babsje

      • I was going to graduate school at UC Denver in the early 80s. We could walked past each other in downtown and be none the wiser. 🙂 Light rail hasn’t developed much more than when you lived in Denver. When they dropped in the light rail parallel to I-25 through the narrows between University and Broadway, they would have been better served by adding more freeway lanes. It still gets congested during the morning and afternoon rush. Of course, I haven’t been that way in years. Bullet trains work in Japan because they move freight by truck not on rail. So, they were able to dedicate the rail network for bullet trains. I guess that’s why you and I won’t be asked to consult on mass transit in the United States. We know a little too much about commuting. 🙂

  4. We have so many egrets of all kinds here Babsje, in addition to blue herons. You really must visit one day! Love the image with the train – I’d have missed the egret if you hadn’t highlighted it!

    • Thanks Tina! you have sooo many gorgeous birds there plus much better winter weather. 😊 Egrets are rare-ish where I am about 20 miles inland. I’ve never seen more than one Egret at a time at that lake. All 3 Egrets in the post are the same bird. That train is in tracks along the southern edge of the lake and I staked out the area knowing that eventually I’d see a train and either Heron 9r Egret fit in the viewfinder. Commuter trains, long distance Amtrak and freight trains pass by with frequency. The herons that hang out along that shore are totally nonplussed by the comings and goings and LOUD train engine noises. But let them get a glimpse of me and my silent kayak cruising by and they flush. I have to stay really hidden but they ignore the trains. Go figure! Best, Babsje

  5. Great shots, Babsje. The one with ether Amtrak is a bit scary, but the herons have learned to ignore!

    • Many thanks for your kind comment Debbie. Yes you’re right – the birds have learned to ignore the train traffic. They are implacable even through the loudest rumblings and I’m continually surprised at that! Best, Babsje

  6. Such beautiful egret captures. 😊

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