The Great Blue Heron have been really skiddish; flying away at my slightest move or sound when I try to sneak up on one. I watched and photo’d this one for a almost an hour from our deck.
Then I figured if he left, I’d already gotten my photos so I quit trying to be so quiet. He didn’t care when we were talking and even walking around the yard. I mean, he still kept his distance; maybe 50 yards away. But that is rare in my experience here. Maybe we’ve made a friend!
I was able to even catch him on video as he caught a fish. Watch it on YouTube here:
Great Blue Heron are born with permanent hip boots. How would it be to walk without feeling your legs or feet? I wonder if they feel but just don’t feel temperature? I’ll have to learn Heron so I can ask one.
They are such graceful birds; moving slowly, waiting patiently for their prey.
The chicks are raised and gone. Keeping up their health and strength is their sole purpose in life this time of year. Well, that and to provide beauty for humans. I doubt he/she is even aware of that purpose. Otherwise I’d be able to get closer with my camera….and practice my heronish
Aside from a peek or two of mom with their babies, I haven’t seen the hooded mergansers since they disappeared to their nesting grounds in April. It’s nice to see them back! This male was with a female. I guess our part of the Alsea is their feeding grounds. I see he caught a small crawdad.
Osprey, Pileated Woodpeckers and Great Blue Herons were also scarce over the summer. They, too are coming back to a favorite feeding spot.
Can you see the small burl on the opposite side of the tree from Woody?
The Great Blue Heron looks more grey than blue. But when he spreads his wings there is a wide band that is the same color as his head; which looks bluish to me.