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Flight of the Great Blue Heron

I was headed home on a spectacular autumn mid-day, yet nothing grabbed my eye to photograph. I found myself turning back, approaching the stream from the near side, something I rarely do. Glad I did.

I saw this white & blue-gray image on the bank, it was this Great Blue Heron asleep, perched halfway up on the bank. Here it awakens.

     

It flies off and heads upstream

     

Flies over some land to alight on a spit caused by the lower waters

     

It takes off, flies low back downstream and lands on the far side.

Rests on the far bank, then heads off again, pure poetry in flight.

It picks up speed and heads up and away

 
The heron then makes a wide but swift loop to reverse direction, flies along the powerline cut, then heads off over the houses and trees, bye, bye.
From Wiki:

It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36–55 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). Notable features include slaty flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.
The heron stride is around 22 cm (9 in), almost in a straight line. Two of the three front toes are generally closer together. In a track the front toes as well as the back often show the small talons.

I would guesstimate this was in the mid range with a wingspan of 72″ or so.

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One response

  1. An absolutely beautiful photo poem!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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