Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Great Blue Heron, March 1, 2017

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

H is for Herons - medium to large wading birds with long legs, long necks, and long bills.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 22, 2017
Great Blue Herons, Ardea herodias, are the largest North American Herons. Because of special vertebrae in their necks, Herons are able to draw their necks back into an S shape.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 22, 2017
They stand motionless or move slowly through shallow water, stalking their prey. Then they strike fast as lightening to catch a fish. They also eat amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and insects.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 5, 2017
On cloudy days Great Blue Herons may appear to be a dull gray, but on a sunny day you can see their dark blue feathers that are even more noticeable when they fly.

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  1. Hello Lea, your photos are superb. The Great Blue Heron is amazing to see and your last shot shows all those gorgeous neck feathers. Nice reflections too. Cheers now :D)

  2. Hello Lea, beautiful captures of the GB heron. I love the last reflection shot.

  3. Wonderful photos of the Heron ~ our feathered friend ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  4. They really are the epitome of patience! Beautiful photos.

  5. wonderful birds, intriguing too, they sometimes land on the roof of our gardenshed . my husband scares them away but I always let them sit there.

    Have a nice ABC-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  6. Such elegant birds aren't they?

  7. Fabulous shots! We have lots of great blue herons here, too, but it's sometimes hard to get a good shot.

    abcw team

  8. One of my favorite birds. Wonderful photos!

  9. Great pictures - they do seem to have telescopic necks.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  10. We used to have a lot of them where I lived before... they used to come up to our yard for voles,take them down to the creek and drown them and then swallowed them.

  11. Love those big old Great Blues! Nice images!

  12. These are wonderful captures! I love watching the herons....


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