A Juvenile Great Blue Heron Fishing

by Larry Jordan on July 12, 2011

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Juvenile photos by Larry Jordan

I went over to my friends Norm and Chris’ house the other day to see their new group of nesting Green Herons (all of that in a future post).  They have three Green Herons nesting in their yard!  Yes, pretty amazing I must admit.  I will bring you the whole story soon, but until then I wanted to share these shots of a juvenile Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) I encoutered at Mary Lake after leaving the nesting Green Herons.

He or she was very intent on its prey, and then the plunge (click on photos to see full sized images)!

This bird was serious!  You can see the nictitating membrane over its eye as it emerges from the water.

Apparently this juvenile missed at this attempt for an afternoon snack.

He shook his head from side to side…

and I think he may have been a bit disgruntled with his attempt but…

hey, he says, I’m a Great Blue Heron, I can eat just about anything.  I’ll get this down!

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Andrew July 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

Lovely close ups of your beautiful Heron.


Hilke Breder July 13, 2011 at 2:25 am

Lights, Camera, ACTION! Great series, Larry.


Boom & Gary July 13, 2011 at 4:21 am

Great close ups of an awesome bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


MaineBirder July 13, 2011 at 5:08 am

Oh to have GBH’s nesting in the yard! Wonderful captures as always Larry!

My World Bird Wednesday post: Osprey Chicks


TexWisGirl July 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

oh, LOVE the feather patterns on this young one! beautiful ‘fish scale’ design!


Mick July 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Great action series and a beautiful bird.


Pat July 14, 2011 at 5:32 am

Some wonderful action captured – and he’s just a beginner!


Jean July 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

The photo showing the membrane over the eye is really interesting.
I will look forward to the full story!


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