Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Another Great Blue Encounter

This encounter with the Great Blue Heron fishing who was in an area I don't normally see him. I was off to work after lunch and stopped the trip. This portion of the lake is about twice as close as it normally fishes therefore better photos. He gave me that look when I got out of the car of what now. It is a beautiful bird in great shape. It fishes this lake quite often and so I get to see it weekly.
It got mad at me when I got back in the car to continue to work and flew partially across the lake to a place near my car. I got back out and walked toward him.
He started to move then took wing. This is my best flying picture ever. Just take a look at that wingspan. I like the reflection in the water as it approached the other shore.
So that is my encounter which was a ball for me. I hope you enjoyed it.

30 comments:

Darla said...

Those are great, maybe one day I can capture a bird, any bird would be great right now.

Tom said...

Tom- Very nice shots. I have had the most luck taking photos of great blue herons at our retention ponds at work during my break too. Do you have the Canon SX100? I'm able to get a refurbished one through the Canon loyalty program and I was thinking that this is the camera that you use. I'll use it as my small cam to take me when I can't take my big bag. Is it small enough to fit in a pocket?

Tom

Twisted Fencepost said...

Oh, wow! Were you in the right place at the right time!
Great pictures. Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you capture a great picture, huh? Does me! I get all excited! Everybody teases me about it.

TSannie said...

Will "that look" stop you next time? I think not! Hopefully he'll eventually get used to you and allow you to take better and better photos. (I wish - can hardly wait to see the future pics!)

Lawstude said...

wow FG. a really great shot. i still haven't got the chance to shoot a bird flying like that. i love it.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I also love the great blue herons, I like it when they let me get close, some are fussy and some are quite tame..I love the name of your blog and it gives me a laugh each time. cheers.

Jo Castillo said...

Your critters are fun. Great shots!

dot said...

Wow, these are really great! I've tried to get birds but I'm not quick enough.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Great shot. Cool bird :-) Well done

The Birdlady said...

Tom, you and that wonderful heron seem to be getting to be pretty good friends. Very nice.

NCmountainwoman said...

We did enjoy that! Thanks for the great pictures.

Jack and Joann said...

I think after this great post of photos you need to start thinking about giving up your day job and hanging out in your car by storm ponds to catch photos like this. The hobby can become the career now.

Texas Travelers said...

I always enjoy watching herons stalk fish. Nice photos.

Sorry for the sort reply, but We haven't been blogging much lately and commenting even less except in special cases. We should be back to normal in a month or so.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy and Martha

Dorothy said...

Great pictures of the Heron, especially the ones with the wings spread out to full length!

Shellmo said...

That wing span is impressive - like a 747 plane! great shots!

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

I love Great Blue Herons! A pair nested above the creek at my grandfather's farm (The Farm) and I will never forget peering up at that huge messy nest and being amazed that they didn't nest on the ground. They just seemed like ground-nesting birds, you know?

Love the pics!
Lacy

Craver Vii said...

I would have expected it to be more shy. That's funny that it followed you back to the car. I wonder if people have been feeding it.

Sweet photo! Those wings are so eloquently formed. I'm glad you were able to capture the shot.

Warren Baker said...

Enjoy it I did FG !!

John said...

Those captures are great, FG!

spookydragonfly said...

I stopped by to say thanks for visiting both of my blogs! I just love your critter posts. That last squirrel post and photos are fantastic!

Judi~Gmj said...

Wonder--ful! you ar really getting good at this birding thing! I just keep taking pictures of things that don't move like barns, roads, trees.. :D

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Wonderful encounter, thanks for sharing!

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

I really enjoyed the photo with this very beautiful bird and its great maybe afraid that you fish the fish

kjpweb said...

I love these guys! You got him good!
Cheers, Klaus

Leedra said...

Boy he is BIG. Great flight shots.

tipper said...

Love the shot of his eye-so intriguing.

walk2write said...

Those last two pics of the heron revealed something I had never noticed before about the amazing aerodynamic movements their wings are capable of. There is just the slightest twist or tilt of the wing to adjust for speed, altitude, and direction. It looks like he was showing off for you.

2sweetnsaxy said...

More great shots. :-)

Gina said...

Just love seeing this bird..he almost demands attention! :D

Louise said...

How lucky are you that it came closer to you! When I EVER see these things (which is rare due to my locale--often it's when traveling), I am always surprised. They are flying away which is what alerts me to their presence, and they don't return. No pictures here. Yours are fantastic!