Category Archives: Silent Sunday

Beautiful Great Blue Heron’s Silhouette on Silent Sunday

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Great blue heron underneath a bridge.

For he had come to quietness,
He had come to the place where sun and moon meet
And where the spaces of the heavens open their doors.
He was understanding and love and the silence.
He was the voice of these, as he fed the woodpecker.

The Sky-Goer [excerpt]
Zona Gale

The Le Gallienne Book of English and American Poetry, Richard Le Gallienne, ed.

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Thanks to Krista S and WordPress for the recent Daily Prompt: Silhouette.

Thanks also to Cheri and WordPress for the recent WPC: Silence.

Thanks to CosmicGirlie for hosting Silent Sunday. Yes, there are “words” in today’s post, which is against the “rules,” but I can’t credit the authors of the fine prompts mentioned above without using words. You know what they say about rules anyway… And I know the folks at WordPress put a lot of thought and effort into creating their daily and weekly prompts, so credit where credit is due.

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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.
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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.
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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

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Teachable Moments

Nature vs Nurture?

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Great blue heron fledgling perched in tree.
Is he calling out “Feed me!” to it’s mother?

How much of what a baby heron needs to master for survival is instinct, and how much is behavior learned from its family?

Until a heron chick fledges and leaves the nest, almost all of its food comes from the parents, who bring it back to the nest. I say “almost all” because the chicks can poke about for insects and grubs while in the nest, but they can’t catch fish there.

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

Great blue heron mother models how to fish for her fledgling.

In more than a decade of heron watching, there have been a handful of occasions where I have witnessed a parent heron “teaching” a fledgling once it has left the nest. The photos in today’s post are from one of those times.

In this instance, the mother heron patiently “modeled” fishing behavior for her fledgling. She stood motionless in the sheltered curve of the shoreline, until she caught the attention of the fledgling. The fledgling watched intently for a while, and then took a flying leap up and over the mother, and curved mid-air back around to land on the lowest branch of a tree. Once there, it frawhnked loudly a couple of times. Perhaps it was saying “Feed me!” to Mom, a few yards away on the shore?

The mother heron flew off to the west after the fledgling started calling out, and after three or four minutes, the fledgling took off in pursuit.

As quickly as possible, I followed suit in my kayak. After about ten minutes of hard stroking, I found both mother and child foraging along the northern shoreline about a mile a way.

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Great blue heron fledgling follows it’s mother along the shore, learning how to forage.

The fledgling followed the mother along the shore, watching her at times and occasionally poking in the muck at others. The mother was careful to keep moving, and didn’t let the fledgling get too close.

When the fledgling landed it’s first fish, I wanted to cry out in joy, “Way to go baby bird!”

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Thanks to Josh R and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Family.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available 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™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Fledgling

Winter Reflection of Great Blue Heron Nesting Island for Wordless Saturday

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

Reflection of nesting island. Upwards of 50 pairs of herons and cormorants have had nests here.

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Thanks to the kind folks who host Wordless Saturday.

Thanks to Ailsa for her Where’s My Backpack: Winter challenge.

Thanks to Sue for her A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Reflect.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available 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™

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Nesting Island

My What Blue Eyes You Have!

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

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Thanks to CosmicGirlie for hosting Silent Sunday.

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Lines. (The title of this post – My what blue eyes you have – seems like one of the oldest lines in the book.)

A thank-you to Michelle for the Weekly Pet Challenge Roundup nudge.

Thanks once again to Stewart Moncton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available 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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This photo was taken July 27, 2007.)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Peregrine Falcon

Beautiful Great Blue Heron in the Rain for Wordless Saturday

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

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Thanks to CosmicGirlie for hosting Silent Sunday.

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Favorite prompt. (No secret that great blue herons are a favorite model of mine.)

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Fragrant. (The Great Blue Heron seemed to be smelling the fragrant flowers there in the cove in the rain that morning.)

A thank-you to Michelle for the Weekly Pet Challenge Roundup nudge.

Thanks once again to Stewart Moncton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available 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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This photo was taken August 14, 2011.)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Shyly Hides Her Eyes Under Layers of Feathers on Silent Sunday

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

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Thanks to CosmicGirlie for hosting Silent Sunday.

Thanks to Sara Rosso and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers.

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Blue prompt.

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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(This photo was taken July 8, 2010)

A selection of my heron and flower photos are now available 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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Ardea Herodias

Great Blue Heron on Silent Sunday

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

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Thanks to CosmicGirlie for hosting Silent Sunday.

Thanks again to Verena for the Festival of Leaves opportunity.

Thanks again to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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