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Friday, 6 November 2009

Grey Heron

Sometimes difficult to get close to, but a great sight when they flap those massive wings, and take to the air.





On occasions I have managed to get reasonably close, and get some pictures.

He was just having a lazy moment, and was quite happy to just sit and pose for a while.
Not much chance against that massive bill, if you’re a fish, or passing frog. They’ll even take small birds and young rabbits if they can catch them.

But the usual view for me is when they’ve spotted you with those sharp eyes, and suddenly take to the air.




They can get a hard time from some other birds too. This one was quietly minding his own business, looking for some breakfast. But a couple of Black-headed Gulls had other ideas. They dive-bombed him relentlessly, until he decided enough was enough; and took off for somewhere quieter.



All he wanted was a snack.




35 comments:

  1. I'll leave the birds to you Keith, these are great.

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  2. Great set of photos of the Heron keith I like the one with the fish, Well Done, have a good week

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  3. What a lovely site, to get as the moment that a Grey Heron is taking off. The first one is true genius, and are all of them.

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  4. Great collection of shots of the Grey Heron. That looks a mighty large snack to me..what does he do for dinner?
    Never seen the Heron being dive-bombed before.
    Nice sequence keith.

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  5. I have become very fond of the Grey Heron Keith, probably something to do with one 'loner' recognising another! These photos portray it beautifully and like you say it never sticks around long.

    I too have noticed what a hard time the BH gulls give it but it was nice to see its patience rewarded eventually, great shots :)

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  6. Oh oh oh I adore herons..so beautiful. I love your shots!! Just wonderful! I like the last one the best! Hope your week is going well!!
    Namaste, Sarah

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  7. Terrific photos of the Heron, Keith. I especially love the first and last ones. Haven't seen my visitor for a few days now. Maybe the remaining pond fish are too small for it to bother.

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  8. Adrian, thank you. Appreciate your comment.

    Thanks Keith. I was in the right place at right time for that catch.

    Thanks Bob. They are great to watch as they take to the air, with those huge wings flapping.

    Trevor, thanks. They seem to get a hard time here from the other birds.

    Thanks ShySongbird. They are very much ‘loners’; except during the nesting season. We have quite a big roost here at one of the local lakes.

    Sarah, thank you for your comment. The week has been pretty good so far. :)

    Thanks John. maybe your visiting Heron is camera shy? lol

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  9. Your upper photo is a heron, so I associated it with you. As always, a joy to see it in your captures..

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  10. What great captures! It amazes me every time I see these birds in flight, it looks labored. Love the color in those wings.

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  11. Wow! I've never been able to capture a heron with a fish in his mouth. Fantastic photos. Most of mine are the "he spots me and flies away" type! :-) Beautiful series...

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  12. Marius, thank you for your kind words.

    Thanks Roy. Took him a while to eat it too lol

    Andrea, thank you. They certainly have some power in those wings.

    Thanks Kelly. The usual view I get lol

    Pete, thank you.

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  13. that last shot is fantastic! and so hard to get. they are illusive. lots of patience needed for herons. but you have shown over and over in your blog of your patience and persistence with your wonderful photos.

    have a great weekend!!

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  14. Great look at the Heron, Keith!! Love the last one with the fish dinner poised to swallow! That reminds me of a Egret shot I took last fall!

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  15. Doreen, thank you for your comments. Appreciate your kind words.
    Hope your weekend is good too.

    Thanks Dixxe. They're fascinating to watch while they fish.

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  16. Great collection of heron pictures, Keith. I bet your pleased with the one of the heron with the fish.

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  17. Thanks Emma.
    Yea, I was as pleased as the Heron was I reckon. lol
    Was great to watch, and catch it on camera.

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  18. This bird is very shy and I had always headache photographing it. I wasn't able to get so close to it like you did in your last shot. Awesome series, well done!

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  19. Holdingmomets excellent narration, and what a glorious bird. We have similar in our local pond, and never enough to watch them. Anna :)

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  20. Good set of images again Keith, herons are always great to photograph if you get close enough. And if your lucky they will catch a big fish while your there with the camera!! Well captured.

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  21. Andor, thank you for your comment. They can be tricky to get close to at times.

    Thanks for your comment Anna, appreciate it.

    Thanks Bob. I was very lucky getting the 'catch'. :)

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  22. Very cool shots of the Heron there Keith. Nice to get as close as that eh !
    We have a very similar looking version here in Canada called the Great Blue Heron.

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  23. Cheers Nick.
    I've seen pictures of those. Very similar; like brothers :)

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  24. Great pictures of the Heron, very well done!

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  25. There's something about Heron's - especially yours. That first shot's a cracker - a Heron with a skirt ;)

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  26. I can hardly believe that it is the same bird (or the same kind of bird) in all the photos, Keith. The transformation from a grey, oldish figure into an elegantly shaped body with those beautifully coloured wings is wonderful!

    PS How much did you pay the heron to be a model for the last shot? ;-) It's great!

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  27. Thank you for your comment Anna :)

    Thanks Tricia. It does look like a skirt a bit lol

    Petra, thank you for your comment.
    The pictures are from about three different 'sessions', and birds, hence the colour variations. They're great subjects; when they co-operate lol

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  28. Great shots of the Heron lovely captures. need a lot of patience to get these kind of shots.
    well done.

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  29. Tony, thank you for your comment. I think the only time I have patience is when I'm out watching birds. Tons of it then; but any other time I'll be the first to admit, I'm terribly impatient as a rule. :)

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  30. Love that big "snack" shoot.

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  31. Tabib, thank you for your comment. :)

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  32. Fabulous 'mouth full' shot. Are Grey Herons like the Great Blue Herons we have in the US on the east coast?

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  33. Thank you for stopping by Robin, and leaving a comment. I beleive they are pretty much the same; just slightly different name between the two countries.

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