Beautiful Great Blue Heron in Autumn and a Large Mouth Bass
“Lie still in a stream and breathe water. Climb to the top
of the highest tree until you come to the branch
where the blue heron sleeps. Eat poems for breakfast…”
Advice to Beginners (excerpt)
If I Had My Life to Live Over: I Would Pick More Daisies, Sandra Martz, ed.
Great Blue Herons and Red Tail Hawks often frequented this spot, fishing for the Trout, Bass, and Pickerel in the pools at the base of the falling water. Finding a Heron there when the Autumn colors were in full display was challenging and I spent many hours over 7 or 8 years hidden in my kayak across the channel in hopes of capturing a Great Blue with the striking autumn leaves. Good things come to she who waits.
The Herons have plenty of other fishing holes nearby. And so do the humans. Bass Fishing Tournaments take place frequently – some with big bucks in prize money.
I don’t think the Great Blue Heron in the photo sequences below paid a tournament entry fee, but he didn’t use any illegal bait to land that Largemouth Bass. I know the Bass he caught didn’t get properly weighed at take out what with having been gulped down mid-tourney, but I bet the size of that fish would have made some of the fishermen weep.
The bulge in the Heron’s elongated neck in the last frame above? The Largemouth Bass. The total elapsed time between landing the Bass and the final frame above was only two and a half minutes. I’m not sure how to estimate the weight of that Bass, but I’m pretty sure any good fisherman reading this can weigh in.
I think this Bass is a bigger fish in terms of weight than the large Pike shown below. What do you think?
When I returned belatedly to the dock after one Bass tournament, the boat departures had already begun, yet there were still more than 30 boats lined up on the shore.
This post is prompted by Cee Neuner, Dawn Miller, Jez Braithwaite, and the creative and inspiring Lens Artists Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya, all of whom encourage the community of photographers and writers. The focus for this week’s LAPC is Colors of Autumn. The lead photo on this post has vibrant reds.
Thanks to Cee for her Hunt for joy. I don’t know if this challenge is still on, but I really like the idea of searching for joy. The Herons bring joy.
Thanks to Dawn for her Festival of Leaves . This post has bright red autumn leaves.
Thanks to Jez for the Water Water Everywhere Challenge. This post has quite a bit of water.
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 167: Colors of Autumn .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 167: Colors of Autumn .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 167: Colors of Autumn .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 167: Colors of Autumn .
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.
TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
Natick Town Hall
Five Crows Gallery in Natick
Be a fly on the wall! You can CLICK HERE to see the gallery walls with Herons .
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
May the Muse be with you.™
The Tao of Feathers™
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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick, Large Mouth Bass
Posted on September 28, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Birds, Festival of Leaves, Fishing, Heron, Nature, Wildlife Photography and tagged #fivecrows, #LAPC, CFFC, Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, TCAN, WWE. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.
I’m always amazed at the size of fish I’ve seen the herons swallow Babsje. Your sequence is great! Loved the heron w the red leaves-perfect for an autumn challenge!!
Hi Tina. Thanks so much. And I’m with you in being surprised at the size of some of those fish the Herons catch and then swallow. I’m glad you liked the red leaves. It literally took me 7 or 8 years to catch both a Heron and the red color at the same time at the base of that small waterfall. Best, Babsje
What a great story and pictures! Sometimes we photographers do get lucky but a lot of times it takes research and patience to get the shot. Great job!
Hi Dawn. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m happy that you appreciated this one. Thank you for once again hosting the annual Festival of Leaves. Best, Babsje
That is a big fish, the heron looks very happy! I really enjoy this series. Great captures in photo!
Thanks so much, Amy. Yes that is a large Large Mouth Bass. I was shocked by the size of it. The Heron had to put it down at least 3 times and pick it back up because of the size. Lots of fun that day and I was happy that any of the photos came out. Thanks for creating your Colors or Autumn LAPC. Best, Babsje
You certainly won the day with your excellent shots Babsje! I was surprised to hear you refer to “Pickerel”! Americans call them “Walleye” for some reason?
I still think that Pike was larger?
Many thanks, Wayne. Yes, Walleye is used, too. I think the Pike is a longer fish but the Bass is thicker-looking. I’m no fish expert at all though! Both fish had awfully large mouths. And don’t Pike have lots of teeth? That could be painful? Best, Babsje
even a experiences fisherman would still be guessing, so we we never know the true weight of both fish. You would have to of weighted the Heron before and after to get any accurate idea.
Love it! Next time we’ll need to ask Mr. Heron to get on the scale brought by the Bass Tournament folks!
Exactly and then “you” and Mr.Heron can collect the prize!
Hmm. Would we both need to get weighed? Combined we would definitely win the Tournament trophy in that case.
Wow! That is a big gulp.
Thanks Cindy. Yes it is. Can you hear him saying “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing? Best, Babsje
This would have been amazing to watch! Glad you were there to see it!
Many thanks for your kind comment. Yes. It was incredible to see real-time. That’s the only time I ever saw a Heron capture a Large Mouth Bass. I think the Herons must know they are dangerously large for swallowing and so leave them alone? Glad you like it. Best, Babsje
Wow, Babsje. What a great action sequence! Now we know why the heron’s neck is so long. I can’t imagine how it could swallow the whole fish otherwise!!
Thanks Patti! Good point about the long necks the Herons have! That Large Mouth Bass was the only one I saw in two decades. Glad you like it. Best, Babsje
Yes, herons bring joy!
Thank you very much for visiting and your kind comment, fellow kayaker! Best, Babsje
Great pics! Wow! Amazing! 👌😊
Hi Tom. Thanks so much for your generous compliment! Im glad you appreciated this one. I also enjoyed your own most recent post. Best, Babsje
Oh my…well captured!
Thank you very much. I’m glad you appreciate this one! Best, Babsje
I see that you have just posted your own Colors of Autumn item. It’s lovely. I will add your link to my post when I’m next online. I’m on mobile now and unable to update until I’m on my laptop tomorrow. Best, Babsje
Beautiful, except that first photo, which is STUNNING!
Hi John. Many thanks for your generous comment. I’m very pleased that you like the first photo especially. It took me 7 or 8 years or patient watching that spot to capture that moment when the leaves were in color AND a Great Blue ventured by. Best, Babsje
Fantastic shots 👏 The sequence of the heron with the bass is stunning 😃 Thanks for joining in & sharing some amazing pictures 😃
Hi Jez. Thanks so much for your generous comment and for hosting and being welcoming. I’m glad you like these photos. Best, Babsje
Babsje, the autumn red behind the heron in that first photograph is gorgeous!
Hi Katherine. I’m so glad you like it. To be honest I have absolutely no idea whatsoever that plant or shrub is but I’m happy it’s right there. Many thanks for your kind compliment. Best, Babsje
At least your GBH didn’t have to go to BassPro to shop for its fishing gear. I’d say the bass is probably around 4 lbs, which makes for a fine meal. 🙂
Hi David. Big smiles at your comment about Bass gear and thanks for weighing in on the Largemouth weight at around 4 pounds. Great Blues average around 4-5 pounds. No wonder that Heron had to stop so many times to put down the Bass. The Heron was carrying almost it’s own body weight! I certainly couldn’t do that. Thanks. Best, Babsje.
Just wow! 😍 Shows how you’ve immersed yourself in this scene and become a part of it, bringing back messages of hope for the rest of us! 🙏
So glad you appreciate this one Gunta dear! Thanks for your kind comment. Best, Babsje
Love the heron against the red, Babsje! Perfect Christmas card, maybe?
Hi Julie. Thanks so glad you like that and good idea about the Christmas card. This is the theme I’ve been doing for the past several years: https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/beautiful-great-blue-heron-wishing-peace-on-earth-not-art-nbr-26/ Best, Babsje
Great photos! What a huge fish to gulp. Wow.
Hi Rebecca. Thanks so much for your kind comment. Yes, really big fish. Can you just hear the Heron saying “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!?” Best, Babsje
Cute. I sure can. : )
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