Friday, September 8, 2017

The Hidden Great Blue Heron

I finally found the prize I was looking for! I found this great blue heron in the same pond that the turtles live in. This was the kind of thing I have been looking for in that pond all along. I just knew one of these birds would return.

The first time I visited this pond I saw a big bird in the water there. I don't remember whether it was a heron or an egret, but I knew I wanted to go back with my camera for one of those big animals. It took me all summer this year, but I finally did it.

This picture above is my first picture of the heron.

What? You don't see it?

I didn't see the bird at first either. I was just taking random pictures of the pond.

Look at the far left of the picture right in the middle. The heron is right behind that clump of tall water weeds. You may have to click the picture to get a better look. Maybe you still can't see it. That's okay, I didn't either.

I finally saw it when it got scared and decided to fly away. These birds don't fly very fast so I was able to get a few pictures of it in flight. It even took me a few seconds before I recovered from being startled from the sudden movement to get the pictures.

Then I had to run to another section of the hidden pond to find out where the bird landed. I had to run past lots of trees that blocked the pond from view. I was surprised that I found the heron again at all. But I got several more pictures after I did.

It took a few minutes for the bird to notice me there furiously taking pictures. But when it did it flew away again to another hidden place in the pond. This time I couldn't find its new destination. That's okay because I got the pictures I wanted. Now this great blue heron will be a worldwide celebrity.

It's taken some time, but I'm finally seeing the animals again. I'm getting acquainted with nature again. The summer is at an end, but there are animals in the winter too. And soon enough warm weather will be back again. I'm ready for it all. I'll talk to you later.


  1. Great captures, they are hard to get close to. I try all the time. They overwinter on the gulf and down at Padre Island one can get real close when they are out in the surf

  2. It is hard to get anywhere near them. BUt I did get a few shots this summer. Gorgeous creatures! Great photos.

  3. Great photos. I like the one of him flying away. That's some wing span on that bird

  4. How cool that you were able to snap some awesome shots of this guy - you certainly worked hard enough for them!

  5. So this was a game of hide-and-seek.
    And you enjoyed it.
    So I am.
    Though my mushrooms do not run or fly.

  6. It took me a long time to find the heron in the second picture. I'm surprised you even spotted it!

  7. They are beautiful, aren't they? I had a heron coming to my backyard pond for some I had to get a decoy. They are loners, so the decoy worked to keep them away from my pond...but I had to keep moving the decoy.

  8. They all look so gorgeous. Nature is awesome, isn't it?