Heron Junior

This not so great, “great blue heron” landed in the firs outside my house. I say he’s not so great only because I think he’s a juvenile. The adults have much more of a show of feathers. I’m guessing this one is a new chick from this spring. You can see an adult great blue heron in full plumage at the end of this post.

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Someday Junior may look like this beauty.018a

28 thoughts on “Heron Junior

  1. Ursula Kurz

    I love them too. I haven´t seen one this year yet. We always have a couple of them around this time. Maybe they are a bit late. Great pictures and a lovely blog!

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  2. Marsha

    Different look with fir bows and pine cones surrounding the heron; love nature and your photography capturing it! Especially the adult in the shoreline. SQUAWK SQUAWK

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  3. wordsfromanneli Post author

    It was getting near suppertime and he might have been looking for a place to roost for the night. During the daytime you’d mostly see them in the marshes, like in the last photo. And yes, they do have kind of an ugly squawk.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I had nothing to lean against and had the zoom on full, so it was hard to get it to come out clear, so it’s a bit fuzzy in places, but I’m happy that I got him to sit still long enough to get any kind of shot at all.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Well … one day when I was teaching a woman beginner piano lessons and she felt that her playing wasn’t good, she said afterwards, “You’ve got the patience of Job.” I presume that was a good thing…. But with the photos, I have a good zoom, and since I don’t know much about photography, I’m not expected to get perfect shots. I’m just happy when I get a new subject to zoom in on.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Thanks, Carol. I felt very lucky to get those. The first day he just landed on our roof and as soon as he saw me he flew away. The next day he came back and landed in the trees. I guess he felt safer there and stayed a while.

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  4. reocochran

    I loved this GBH, Jr. ❤ Anneli, the photograph is superb and the contrast of the golden background really highlighted the feathers and subtle colors of this juvenile handsome bird.

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