Great Blue Heron Photo Gallery

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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.™

  1. Gorgeous shots! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

  2. Wonderful gallery, Babsje. GBH’s are magnificent birds. 🙂

  3. What a beautiful site you have here – I look forward to exploring it in more depth!

  4. I saw a gbh this morning on my bike ride to work. He was wading in the river right underneath a very busy urban bridge. He’ll be there all summer long, as he was last year. Such awesome birds!



  6. barbara couchois

    so proud of your work and this blog ….stunningly beautiful!

  7. Amazing collection of photographs. The great blue heron is a frequent visitor to the wetlands around Florida but to see him captured so elegantly is always a marvel to view.
    Thank you for following Eddie Two Hawks. I am looking to seeing more of your photos

    • Thanks for visiting my site, and for your kind words about the great blue herons. They are magnificent birds, aren’t they. And you’re welcome for the follow of your Eddie Two Hawks site, too.

  8. Thanks Babsje, visiting my blog.I found here a gallery ful of wonderful photo’s of the blue Heron

  9. The one where the heron has a dragonfly on its beak – great shot!

    • Thanks! I felt lucky to have captured that moment – both the heron and dragonfly move so quickly that it was a happy surprise they both were in focus.

  10. I love to watch and photograph these magnificent birds. Your shots are absolutely great.

  11. Thanks for following my blog. Welcome! I like these shots. When we were in Pass Christian, Miss over spring break, we sat watching a blue heron for a long time. He was hanging out with a fisherman. When the man pulled in a catch too small, he’d toss it to the heron. A curious treat to see the bird so carefully watching the man; taking careful steps; appearing unconcerned and then snatching a toss. The heron we saw seemed a more solid color that then ones you have here, but magnificent none the less. Thanks for the view! Janet

    • Hi Janet, you’re welcome, and thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your story. They can become quite tame, opportunistic really and eagerly follow fishermen for handouts. Do you follow Wind Against Currents? glad has some photos there of herons looking for a little free lunch.

  12. Truly fabulous photos! Many thanks for following me- sorry I’m so slow getting back to you. 🙂

  13. Beautiful thoughts…words…images.
    Thank you!

  14. gorgeous photos, taken with obvious compassion for herons. thanks for sharing your passion, Babsje!

  15. Great photos of one my favourite birds.

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love yours! These photos of the blue herons are gorgeous. We have one pair off the rocks where we live – so graceful.

    • You’re welcome, and thanks for visiting here and for your kind words. You’re lucky to have herons near your home. Do you ever try to photograph them?

  17. Wonderful photos of one of my favourite birds. Always a thrill to come across one in the reeds when canoeing

  18. These are amazing! I’m in awe.

  19. Beautiful shots, Babsje! I thoroughly enjoyed every one!

  20. TinCanTraveler

    Great pleasure in finding another who loves these great birds. Wonderful photos! Thank you for the blog follow! Annie

  21. I bike the Mississippi River early mornings, and often have thought, I just wish I had a camera to take a picture of this or that….but never have I seen anyone capture the Blue Heron as you have in pictures….stunning photos! You truly are an artist:-)

    • Robbie, thanks so much for your kind compliment. Your morning bike rides sound lovely – do take along a camera sometimes, but don’t let it interfere with your enjoyment of nature!

  22. Wonderful, refreshing, and even invigorating. So beautiful… and lovingly rendered with your photography. Thanks for sharing your gifts on this site!

  23. What wonderful pictures!!!

  24. Thank you for finding my blog and following. Wonderful work

  25. Merci beaucoup pour votre appréciation sur mon blog. Quelle extraordinaire beauté dans votre galerie de photos. Quel art et quelle patience pour savoir saisir ainsi l’instant magique!Merci de me faire découvrir cet aspect inattendu de la nature, l’extrême élégance de ces grands oiseaux, que l’on n’est pas près d’oublier. Quelle source infinie de poésie !

    • Je vous remercie beaucoup de votre visite avec les hérons ici dans mon blog. Je suis heureux d’avoir découvert votre blog, et vous remercie de vos aimables compliments sur mes photos de hérons. Ils sont des oiseaux magnifiques, et ils m’ont appris beaucoup sur la patience! S’il vous plaît excusez mon français mal écrit!

      • Vraiment merci beaucoup de m’ avoir répondu en français, cela me touche beaucoup. J’ aimerais bien être aussi à l’ aise en anglais. C’est émouvant de penser que vous comprenez et parlez le français. Votre travail est passionnant et c’est un très bel hommage à la nature, ce don du ciel que l’on doit infiniment respecter.

        • Vous êtes les bienvenus, et votre commentaire m’a fait sourire. Je suis heureux de vous avoir rencontré à travers nos blogs. Je peux lire en français de façon adéquate, mais je ne peux pas écrire en français très bien. Quant à parler français, je n’ai pas parlé depuis il ya quelques années à l’université. Merci encore pour visiter mon blog et pour vos très beaux commentaires!

  26. C’est merveilleux que vous ayez appris le français à l’ Université aux USA. Je n’aurais pas imaginé que ce fut possible. La France est un si petit pays à côté du Nouveau Monde ! Encore félicitations de si bien écrire en français.

    • Merci encore. Comme un écolier, nous avons commencé à étudier le français à huit ans. J’ai pris des cours français au lycée et pendant deux ans à l’université. l’apprentissage d’une langue étrangère est obligatoire à l’école. Aujourd’hui, je pense que la plupart des élèves étudient l’espagnol, mais j’ai étudié il ya quelques années français et en latin. Merci d’avoir écrit, et ont une belle fin de semaine!

  27. Bellissime foto, sono fantastiche!!

  28. Love this gallery! and many thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  29. Wow, your pictures capture the winged grace of the GBH! Thanks for checking out my meager blog. Yours is an inspiration!

  30. Love your pictures and blog. Herons are my totem birds. Though we have a nearby rookery, I rarely see the kind of intimate vision you do. Thank you so much.

  31. Fabulous pics of these beautiful birds, Babsje. I love each and every one. 🙂

  32. We recently traveled to the Cache River Preserve in southern Illinois. I was hoping to get photos of herons but they had already flown south for the winter. It is an incredibly unique ecosystem, especially Heron Pond. With your love of herons, I highly recommend it for something different. Great wine tour and Shawnee National Forest also offers incredible photo ops.

  33. The photo of the heron with the fish is superb. James

  34. Wow, amazing shots! HOW do you do that?!

  35. Really great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Great photos. We have a small group of Great Blue Herons that live for part of the year in a park near me and I have spent hours and hours and hour waiting to either see them or for something a little different to happen that I can see and get close enough to photograph. I may need a longer lens, but I imagine most wildlife photographers say that. Good idea to get out in a kayak.

    • Many thanks for visiting and for your thoughtful comment. You’re fortunate to have herons nearby. Yes, do get a longer lens. Getting close to herons is not recommended as they are protected birds, but with a long lens and patience, you may have beautiful photo ops. Good luck!

  37. Have been watching the occasional heron in a pond near where I live in Wellesley and always think that they look both dynausor-like and futuristic… your photography is very moving. I have never seen a nest of heron, do you know where I could find such in the vicinity? Thank you for offering such beauty and sensitivity.

    • Many thanks for your kind, thoughtful comments here. I’m glad that you also appreciate the beauty of Great Blue Herons and are able to see them near your home. There is a very small heron rookery on Rt 16 near the Natick/Sherborn line. It has had a couple of active nests in years past, although I have not visited there this year and so I don’t know if the nests were used this season.

  38. Well done .Great photo

  39. Barbara Rockwell

    Dear Babsje,
    My sister lives in Natick and volunteers at TCAN. While visiting from California during July, we went to TCAN, and came across your astounding photos of my favorite bird, the great blue heron. Your work is amazing!
    Do you sell prints of your photos? If so, I would like to purchase a few.
    Thank you,
    Barbara Rockwell

    • Hi Barbara – Many thanks for your kind words. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed seeing the show at TCAN, and what a small world that your sister volunteers at TCAN. It is an amazing place and the volunteers are priceless – they are the heartbeat of the center. I will follow up with you by email later this weekend about your request for prints of some of the herons, thanks. Best, Babsje

  40. Werkelijk een prachtige reiger gallerij

  41. Great heron gallery, my compliments for your photography.
    Kind regards,

  42. Beautiful amazing photos!!

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