Friday, April 22, 2022

Herons At The Marsh

  Facebook reminded me on Thursday that I had posted this photo of a Great Blue Heron at the marsh on April 21, 2017, five years ago.

I hadn't noticed it when I photographed it, but if you look closely you'll see the lovely streak of blue plumage at the back of its head. It's part of its April breeding season plumage. Quite fancy and rather dashing. 

Well, exactly five years later I photographed a Great Blue Heron at the marsh again.

If you click on the photo and look closely, you'll see that beautiful little wisp of blue plumage at the back of its head. (If Facebook hadn't reminded me, I would not have checked for that.) Look at those fancy feathers on its chest as well. This guy is a true beauty just waiting for a mate, or maybe a fish to jump up and feed him while he waits.

A Snowy Egret walked by. 

I'm pretty sure the Heron was thinking, "You're very cute, but you're not my type." 

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!


30 comments:

  1. Awesome, that is a handsome bird

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  2. Thank you so much for the lesson about breeding plumage. I didn't know that. Just like atmospheric optics. Now I can see what I couldn't see before. With a little googling, I learned that herons "commute up to 9 miles on foraging missions." The herons I see here at Scudder Pond have flown about 5 miles from a rookery at Post Point at the south end of Bellingham Bay. Love the photo of Great Blue and the Snowy. The Snowy is certainly cute!

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    1. am-- I've read conflicting things about heron breeding plumage and that the males always have the blue plume. So now I'm confused about it all. I do know that that I've only seen this in spring. So weird!

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  3. also thinking "Thanks for scaring away my breakfast!:

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    1. Paul-- I think you might be right about that. LOL!

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  4. I wonder how many ladies have heard that line. I never have! But in the wild kingdom, there is much more discretion usually.

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    1. Barbara-- You made me laugh. Thank you for that.

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  5. Cool that they get dressed up when they go courting. That was a funny comment to the Egret. She was probably thinking similar thoughts:)

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    1. Patti-- Males do put on quite a display during mating season. That Snowy was probably thinking the same thing or maybe, "I saw a Heron up the creek you might like!"

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  6. The wisp of blue plumage on its head is beautiful. Much more tasteful than those showy blue jays I see around here.

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    1. Ally Bean-- I love seeing that wispy blue plume. And those chest feathers are pretty fancy too.

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    1. 37paddington-- The beauty of wildlife in spring.

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  8. I went for a hike at a marsh near me yesterday but no birds were out on the water. Maybe not warm enough yet. I never knew that about the breeding season plumage! I will look for that next time I see a heron. Thanks for the info, Robin Andrea!

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    1. EllenD-- I've read some conflicting things on the internet about Heron breeding plumage. Some say yes it's true, some say the males always have that blue plume. I only know that I've seen it twice now in spring. I'm hoping for more info. I hope you see birds there soon.

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  9. Great photo. I like great blue herons. It's surprising what we see on second looks at photos.

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    1. Red-- It's true about those second looks and always wonderful when it's a good surprise.

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  10. t'is the season, males showing off for a quick poke , leaving the female to deal with it. The blue wisp of temptation is strong.

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    1. Linda Sue-- It is definitely the season of male's strutting their stuff.

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  11. A grand bird! I will look more closely now.

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    1. Linda-- If you see the Heron blue plume there in spring, I'd love to know.

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  12. What beautiful photos! And what a gorgeous bird he is. Thanks, Robin, for seeing and clicking.

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    1. Catalyst-- Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you liked these photos of this beautiful Heron.

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  13. Great photos! I love herons -- I used to see them all the time in Florida and I've even seen them here in England. They seem to be amazingly adaptable!

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    1. Steve-- We love seeing the herons too. They are such beautiful birds. I love knowing that you see them in Florida and England too. So glad you liked these photos.

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  14. Beautiful bird Robin. Australian herons aren't so pretty, or maybe there is a breed like this I haven't seen.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I just googled Australian Herons and found the White-faced Heron there. It is a lovely bird, especially in its breeding plumage. They don't have the blue plume, but their feathers look lovely.

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  15. On firefox now so lets see if this works

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    1. Billy-- It worked. I'm commenting with name and URL. Let's see if this works.

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