Sat Apr 2023

Variform Great Blue

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.