Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Great Blue Heron, January 6-7, 2015

ABC Wednesday - Z is for zoology, the science or branch of biology dealing with animals. 
Great Blue Herons can be found near lakes, rivers and marshes.  They eat fish, frogs, small mammals and reptiles. They usually build their nests in trees (but sometimes on the ground) and lay 3 to 7 pale greenish-blue eggs.  Most Great Blue Herons that breed in the northern parts of the United States migrate to the southern states to spend the winter.  Other Great Blue Herons live in the southern states the entire year.

Today I'm also joining
Wild Bird Wednesday
Great Blue Heron, Tupelo, MS, USA, January 4, 2015
Last Sunday was cloudy with a cold wind blowing.  I didn't have much hope for a photo opportunity, but I put my camera in the car anyway. We were driving down a street in Tupelo when I spotted this Heron in a drainage ditch.  I made my husband stop the car right there in the street so I could get a few photos from the car window.
 

With its neck folded down and its shoulders hunched up against the wind, it didn't look any happier with the weather than I was.  There is some marshy land nearby that I would guess is its usual territory.

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17 comments:

  1. Great photos and an interesting place to find the Heron. I wonder what it was finding there to catch and eat.

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  2. The Great Blue Heron seems to be the bird of the day. I was so excited when I saw mine. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  3. Looks like he is on guard duty so that no one goes into those big pipes!

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  4. A photo opportunity you didn't waste Lea. The heron seems to have found a good, sheltered spot to wait for food to come its way rather than go out seeking a meal.

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  5. Hello Lea, great capture of the Heron.. I agree with Phil above the heron found an easy spot to look for food.. Great photos, enjoy your day!

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  6. Great catch Lea. Always pays to take the camera along. You just never know.

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  7. He does look miserable. I hope he found something to eat.

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  8. I love Herons, that chap does look like he's on guard duty, I doubt he'd find much to eat in the drain! Great picture,

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  9. Opportunist, and rightfully so! Love the Great Blue! Happy Birding Lea.

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  10. These look so different when they are all scrunched up instead of extending their necks. Good pics.

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  11. Neat looking bird, and I kike the way he's framed by the drainage pipes.

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  12. What a dirty place for such a regal bird.

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  13. A handsome bird even if the ditch isn't a very beautiful place.

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  14. As a kid (c. 5) I wandered off following those massive tubes!

    ROG, ABCW

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  15. Fly, Mr. Heron...fly! Go to the safety of a marsh!

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  16. Cool pics to rival my hawk sighting! ☺

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  17. The lonely sentinel of the drainage pipes- what a neat photo. He does seem really out of place,

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