Great Blue Heron

Here’s something I very rarely get a chance to photograph.  Usually when I see a Heron they’re flying and they don’t waste any time getting away from the human.








All the while I shot these photos I could hear that nagging little voice in my mind, Can you get closer?


8 Responses to “Great Blue Heron”

  1. May 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Apparently, great blue herons behave like their relatives, grey herons, did about a century ago in the Netherlands, when they were hunted. After the hunting stopped, they came much closer to humans. They often stand next to anglers, and nest in city parks.

    They often snatch away food in zoos:


  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    May 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    We don’t hunt Herons here, don’t know that we ever have. Although, before hunting was regulated, I’m sure my anscestors killed everything and anything that moved. There is some talk now in Madison about introducing a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes, which I can’t imagine. It would be about as sporting as shooting 747s and I’ve heard they don’t taste very good.

  3. May 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Can you get closer?

  4. 4 Randy Roberts
    May 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Not without destroying pristine habitat…

  5. May 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I love blue herons. They never cease to amaze me and I always want to photograph them. The ones near my home are far too skittish to get close to, but I’ve had better luck along the beach in SW Florida. I think they must be much more used to humans. Don’t know that I’ve ever been closer than when I shot these two, and I’m lucky I didn’t lose my camera in the surf: http://wp.me/a1tzBV-18h & http://wp.me/p1tzBV-Kw

  6. 6 Randy Roberts
    May 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Very nice photos, thanks for the links. I have other shots of Herons, but the quality is terrible and they aren’t worth sharing.

  7. May 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I can see this was a great experience. We don’t have this beautiful heron.

  8. 8 Randy Roberts
    May 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    You must be way way north in Norway! You are correct though. Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons remind me of my childhood and the thrill of first discovering these birds.

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