Wed Mar 2023

Great Blue on Ice

The big bird was chipper, if not downright frisky, full of itself, and having fun. After all, it’s not every day that a Great Blue Heron gets to stand on water instead of in it. In the bottom, two frames, it may also may have caught a glimpse of its reflection in the ice.

In an earlier post, I described this bird as “variform.” The first two images only hint at this contortionist’s vast repertoire.

The four photos were all shot in the space of one minute, between 9:34 and 9:35 am, on November 25, 3013. The Great Blue was standing on thin ice between Heron Rock and Smith Point, just beyond our little cove.

I was stationed discreetly behind the closed window, shooting through the glass, but the big bird I’m sure spotted me. After the fourth frame, it abruptly flew off.

Click an image to view it full screen, and click the back arrow to return. Cursor over the image to see its description. Enjoy!