The Heron Gallery
I have always found these birds to be of great interest. They are so very large and, in the wilds of Nova Scotia at least, usually quite wary. Any attempt to approach them across an open field to the water, even the opening of a car door, almost always results in laboured flight. One approach is to use a blind to photograph them. I have not done that yet. The photos here were taken with a large telephoto lens mounted to the window of my vehicle. All were shot in the vicinity of Lunenburg. While many birds will not tolerate even driving alongside them, some will permit this. These photos were taken at distances of approximately 130 feet. For herons at least, this is quite close. The shots of the head were at about half that distance.
For a very "close encounter" with one of these birds under particularly strange conditions, see The Heron and The Eclipse
For very detailed portraits of a Great Blue, see The Heron Portrait Page
Some images of herons in mating display can be found in The Bosque del Apache Page
Striding out to the fishing grounds . . .
Admiring my reflection? Likely not.
A step in the right direction. Slowly I turn . . .
Continuing the stalk . . .
Concentration! Poised to strike and . . .
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