"A HERON FISHING GUIDE" - Great Blue Heron

October 27, 2022  •  1 Comment

"A HERON FISHING GUIDE"

Great Blue Heron - 11 Photos

 

Believe this is the same Great Blue Heron but the photos were taken on two different days at two different (but close in proximity) locations. One was a large open pond, the other at a beaver dam where melting snow had increased the flow of the creek.

 

The heron appears to be wary of loud noises and movement in the water but is a little naive when it comes to people, i.e. it actually walked into the area where I was sitting on the bank. Hopefully with maturity, it will become a little more "worldly", particularly as it migrates south for the Winter and into the southern United States, where there are predators such as alligators, etc. lurking in the marshes/swamps.

 

However, it had no issue with the quantity and quality of fish it was catching, as you will see from the photos below. I was very happy to see it removing (and eating) a number of the invasive Prussian Carp from the eco-system before they had a chance to hit the Bow River. And some of them were whoppers! (See Photo #1 through to Photo #5.) In fact, I actually spotted one carp in shallow water along the bank, myself. It was so large I could see its head, etc. above the water level. The heron at the time was on the other side and it eventually saw it as well and sauntered across. (Photo #1 & Photo #2). I did have a camera moment at the point of shooting where the heron was so close & the fish so large, that the camera initially wouldn't focus. Luckily, we both re-adjusted and the heron took some time in getting the fish just right in its beak.

 

I have also included some grooming and fishing activity of the heron. (Photo #9 through to Photo #11)

 

PHOTO #1 - "OH NO MR. BILL" - (An homage to the character from Saturday Night Live)

PHOTO #2 - "MOUTH CLOSED"

PHOTO #3 - "HAVE I GOT EYES FOR YOU! :)"

PHOTO #4 - "POSING WITH THE WINNING FISH"

PHOTO #5 - "DOWN THE HATCH"

 

PHOTO #6 - "A LITTLE SALAD WITH THE MAIN COURSE"

 

PHOTO #7 - "STANDING TALL IN OUR BLUE "MORNING COAT" OVER THE BEAVER DAM"

 

PHOTO #8 - "WATCHING FOR THE FISH GOING OVER THE DAM"

 

PHOTO #9  - "GROOMING IN THE LATE AFTERNOON SUN"

 

PHOTO #10 -  "PROFILE"

 

PHOTO #11 - "A TOTAL GROOM"

 


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Urszula(non-registered)
This heron is a looker and knows it :)
Wonderful photos and all the poses! The feathers look magnificent in the sunlight.
I also love the brown eyes of the young eagle. She is very beautiful, I hope we'll see more of the eagles now.
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