Like most takers of fish, the Great Blue Heron waits for long periods of time for a fish to get close. When the fish is within striking distance and with lighting speed the Great Blue Herons’ beak jabs into the water in an attempt to clamp onto the fish. Here you see the Great Blue Heron attempting to swallow the fish whole. In the other picture the same Heron turned, now you see blood from the stab wound of the Herons’ beak.
Camera used is a Sony A77II, Sony lens 70-400mm, ISO 800, 230MM, f7.1, AT 1/800 Sec. Location Lions Bridge, Newport News, VA 4/21/17.
Splash, crash, the Brown Pelican is hit with a surge and a wave. Each curl pushes her closer to the jagged rocks. A place for the territorial Great Blue Heron. A hoarse, guttural squawk of the Blue Heron marks a warning to any intruders. The Herons’ yellow eye looks at the pelican with anger. Fearful for her life, the Pelicans’ web feet paddles with all its might, her wings push at the top of the water to help free her from a catastrophe from the rocks or the sword like beak of the Blue Heron.
Photo taken with a Sony A77II, Sony lens 70-400mm; ISO 200, 320mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec
Great Blue Heron
This is an amazing bird. The great blue heron walks ever so cautiously through the water. Each step is placed like it is walking on thin ice. Not a ripple is made as it makes its way through the water. Near the edge of the water a fallen tree lies, the branches hang out over the water. With the help of the bird’s massive wings, the heron leaps onto a branch. When its wings are spread out, this giant of a bird appears like a pre historic bird. Now, on the limb, it stands motionless like a bluish, grey statue. The great blue is a territorial bird. Always aware of its surrounding, his head with its long sword like beak turns ever so slowly. It appears to be a passive bird. But, if something should invade its territory it will let out a horrific screech of a sound; with its large flapping wings and the sword like beak charging after you is enough to make the invader seek another place. Most of the time he is a very slow moving bird, except when he is catching a fish. When he spots the fish, he dives into the water like a bolt of lighting and with a great splash comes out of the water with its catch.
Photo by: Richard Smith