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Spa Day for a Night Heron

... at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California I originally named this portrait "Standing Room Only." I'd never seen a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) creep chest-high into a pool -- then just stand there forever like a Japanese snow monkey. This pose made me laugh as I watched the heron soak up the swirls of his own private day spa. One of my Facebook friends wrote, "what is this lil man doing?" That comment captured [...]

2018-05-10T01:07:25+00:00 March 5th, 2014|Birds, Blog, Faves|13 Comments

Great Blue Resilience

A few weeks ago, I walked by the Great Blue Heron rookery a short distance from our place. I expected to see the six or eight heron couples, draped over their nests in anticipation of egg hatching ... or maybe even the first raspy calls of young chicks rustling in the alders. Instead, this is who came my way. Heron + Branch - ©ingridtaylar And then another Great Blue, bearing the sign [...]

2018-05-10T01:23:28+00:00 June 6th, 2013|Blog, Faves, Uncategorized|12 Comments

Herons + Friends With Totipalmate Feet

It begins with a twig in the bill and the throaty croak of the swamp. They're creatures of the marshes, the Great Blues, now on ascent to a season in the trees where nests incubate eggs, and where clumsy young legs will soon dawdle on branches until they get their wings. They call this place the satellite colony, since the rest of the rookery is tucked in a ravine so lush it might as well [...]

2013-04-05T21:07:15+00:00 April 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Dear Catfish … the Heron is Not Your Friend

This is the largest prey yet that I've seen a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) catch and eat in one bite. The heron was hunting around Union Bay Natural Area in Seattle when it suddenly flew off, its breast skimming the water because of the drag from a large fish. The heron landed out of sight, shrouded by distant marsh grasses. When it finally lurked into a clearing, I took a close look through my [...]

2012-06-07T03:05:53+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Great Blue Squiggles

I guess it's Composite Week, since this is my second Photoshop posting in a few days. We saw this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) fishing for sculpin (mostly) in a nearby Seattle marina. I'm always drawn to reflections of boat masts in smooth or rippled water, and I loved the way these particular reflections swirled and blurred in response to the heron's movements. I went wider with the first shot, to frame the Great Blue [...]

2012-04-13T12:18:30+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Cool & Totipalmate

It begins with a twig in the bill and the throaty croak of the swamp. They're creatures of the marshes, the Great Blues, now on ascent to a season in the trees where nests incubate eggs, and where clumsy young legs will soon dawdle on branches until they get their wings. They call this place the satellite colony, since the rest of the rookery is tucked in a ravine so lush it might as well [...]

2012-04-07T01:20:10+00:00 April 7th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|2 Comments

If a Heron Had Written “Your Song” …

Hugh and I watched two herons dance around the idea of landing on this roof, skirting the aerial chaos of gulls along Alki Beach. One finally planted its feet on the A-frame, while the other lurked in a tree above. Looking at the pic, Hugh started singing the lyric from Elton John's Your Song ... "I sat on the roof ... and kicked off the moss ... " It occurred to me that the heron [...]

2011-08-24T10:14:41+00:00 August 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments

A Great Blue Yawn

I watched this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) preening and relaxing for a half hour or so. At the very end of our "visit," he yawned and held the pose for just a few seconds. I snapped this shot. A bird yawn always takes me back to the chaotic year of looking after two rescued racing pigeons, Chauncey and Clive. At the end of every bath session, they'd do an extensive preen, then [...]

2011-03-23T13:48:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|4 Comments

In the Reed Dome

I saw this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), submerged to the top of its legs, an immersion I haven't seen often among herons and egrets. Shortly after I snapped the photo, an unlucky fish made a splash in the cattails, and the heron whipped around and disappeared into the camo of the reeds.

2011-01-29T20:37:00+00:00 January 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Great Blue, Great Light

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in Seattle, Washington. I shot these photos today at our community beach and mini wildlife enclave. We've seen this heron on multiple occasions, fishing in the creek, foraging through the cattails in the duck pond, perched in the perimeter of Madrone trees. But this is the first time the heron posed for us on a utility pole in such stunning light. He preened and rested for almost a half hour [...]

2011-01-22T18:00:19+00:00 January 22nd, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment