Few birds are as variform as the Great Blue Heron. Here are shown only several of its many aspects.

To the left, are two Blues near our shore, on the eponymously named “Heron Rock.” The dark, hunched bird in front is a first-year juvenile, while the lighter one behind, with its neck extended, is an adult, probably a young adult judging from its modest size and clean plumage. This photo was taken on May 13, 2010, at 4:14 pm.

Below, is a Great Blue taking flight near Heron Rock. Where are such massive wings stored? How do they open so quickly? They seem to appear out of nowhere, like a stage magician’s trick of pulling limitless, unlikely objects from his pocket. What an engineering marvel! The photo was shot on May 17, 2011, at 10:30 am.

Now about the photos, themselves. These two are among the photos that I had at one time rejected, and later restored to good standing, a reversal I explained in my last post.

In that post, I also fretted about my lack of success in getting a good flight photo of the great blue. This is not a true flight photo — that is, one with the wings fully open — but it responded well to a little digital touch-up, and certainly tells a powerful story.

If you’d like to learn more about the majestic Great Blue, peruse this excellent, fact-filled page in Wikipedia. I’m sure a simple search of Google will yield many more good sources.

Update: This post was first published as “Two Great Blues.” Sorry for any confusion.

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2 Responses to Variform Great Blue

  1. Varsha says:

    Love your wildlife phoots..Beautiful!We lived in the foothills above Denver for many years and saw deer and elk frequently, but we never named any of them. I think it’s charming that you know your wildlife guests well enough to recognize them and give them names! ~ Sheila

  2. Jim Fett says:

    finally a liftoff – well done!

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