Saturday, October 18, 2008

Camera Critters #28

Camera Critters by Misty Dawn, go here to see who's participating.

If the fish aren't biting sometimes I go on a camera quest. The nice thing about being in a boat is you are not tied down to one spot. I saw a grey/blue object near shore with a fisherman about 20 foot away. My eyes said Great Blue Heron and my mind said weeds. As I got closer I knew it wasn't weeds. I guess I got too close.
He flew away around a tree covered spine to a back bay because I had approached.
I slowly trolled into the back bay as the bird worked the shore.
He continued to work the shore as I moved with it happily snapping away.
I saw it get ready to strike but nothing happened.
It reached an area and since it had no food to eat and turned to shore.
It got out of the water and walked up on the bank
It headed into the Pine covered spine that separates the bay and the main lake. If you look closely you can see the main lake on the other side.
I went around the spine and found him on the main lake walking back to the bay.
He waded in fairly deep and I decided to let him continue his fishing and I headed home with a camera full of photos.
Thank you mister heron for the close-up meeting. I do hope you enjoyed the amazing encounter with the Great Blue Heron.
To my friends on Camera Critters:
My World Tuesday is a new meme that will be starting on Monday October 20th at 8:00 PM GMT / 3:00 PM EDT. This is your chance to share photos of the world around you. It is brand new and will develop as the weeks go by. Please stop by on Monday night or Tuesday to see who has joined and if you want to come along. I would like to see where you live and what revolves around your world . The latest Sky Watch Team is also running this meme.

42 comments:

Warren Baker said...

What a great story F.G. herons are a favorite of mine too.

AppleDebbie said...

What a wonderful series of photos! The Great Blue Heron is a beautiful bird.

Jeanne said...

That is great. And I've never seen one on land before so that's a first. Thanks for sharing.

Carletta said...

Nice series FG!
I really like the reflection in the third photo.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great shot, FG! And I like the narraration that you put with it.
I like those birds. And I am awe struck when they fly off.

bobbie said...

gorgeous reflections! It must be nice to be able to shoot from a boat.

Tina said...

Love blue herons! You got some really nice photos, plus you managed to get within a decent range. Whistle Whistle clap clap!! I have not been able to achieve this yet! There are 4 blues where I have been taking pictures and I swear they see me park the car!(maybe I need a boat!) I have taken several pics of these blues but not in good camera range! Great job!!
Thanks for the invite to visit camera critters! Great idea! :)

me ann my camera said...

I think you found some very beautiful moments, I like those kind too. A Great Blue Heron is always a favourite to find. Very nice sharing. Love your music choices too!
ann

Teena in Toronto said...

Great action shots!

I played too :)

Lapa37 said...

Very nice I love the first shot it looks amazing when it is enlarged.

ChrissyM said...

What a fantastic shot of photos. Glad you were able to get up close. Very nice!

babooshka said...

I just love herons, but sadly none around here for a while. Beaatiful shots.

Salty said...

Nice shots of the GBH!

As you know I too like the mobility that a boat gives and you don’t even have to get your feet wet.

The biggest drawback is that it is impossible to totally stabilize the camera. I had an encounter with a pair of Bald Eagles the other day and what I would have given to have been able to put the cam on a pod on solid ground.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

FG: What a great day you had. I love the series and the reflection.

Gina said...

Fabulous photos FG..wonderful reflections and colour!! Great job! :D

Yen said...

WOW! Those are stunning images! I like the 3rd shot the most:)

Mine is posted HERE. Happy CC!~

Larry said...

Great job FG! That must have been fun following the Heron around. I love those big guys and they are absolutely amazing in flight.

david mcmahon said...

The third shot is my favourite.

ayamlin said...

wow! it's beautiful!
the lake is like mirrors!

Marcos Santos said...

Wow Fish

How wonderful to meet! By this picture seems to me quite big. what size this ?
And its plumes ... change of tone as the position of the sun.

Taste!

Thanks for sharing.

dot said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the reflections.

Mary said...

Nice series! I don't think I've ever seen one walking around anywhere but at the edge of the water. I'd love to be out in a boat snapping their photos!

Shellmo said...

Great photos captured of the heron - especially neat to see him walking on land! (I'm so used to only seeing them in the shallow water.)

lv2scpbk said...

Nice photos. Thanks for visiting my blog.

lisaschaos said...

Very nice! I have not been able to get that close but always love seeing them!! Great story to accompany the photos.

R and J said...

So many rare birds today in Camera Critters...and here too! I never seen the blue heron.Thanks for sharing.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Lovely photos. They just sparkle in the afternoon sun.

Shionge said...

So fascinating as if the heron is leading you somewhere :D

sandyshares said...

Spectacular any fish ?

raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Tom. Great pics. I have seen quite a few water birds around here, but I either don't have my camera with me, or the birds aren't close enough to capture, which is usually the case.
Lisa

ratmammy said...

great photos!

Thomas Web Links said...

Nice photos you've got here. My very first entry is up as well. Take care!

Cheers,
Thomas Web Links

tipper said...

Neat heron shots-I enjoyed you trailing him.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I can just imagine being in a boat following that Heron. Must have been fun. I enjoyed these shots and I love the reflection of the heron in the water shots. :-)

piedmontperspective said...

Great story and photos!

Willard said...

A great story and photos to match.

Swarna said...

Nice shots of the heron.
FG, thanks for visiting my Camera Critters contribution.

Gattina said...

You were very lucky to be able to take this pictures ! I think I have never seen a heron !

Heart of Rachel said...

It's great that you were able to follow it around to take wonderful shots.

Louise said...

This is spectacular! Never, never happens to me.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i love this series of photos, i love how you captured his reflection

Misty Dawn said...

How awesome! You have some fantastic experiences on that lake!

I love the reflections of him in the water in some of those photos.