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Fishing Expedition – Great Blue Heron

October 18, 2017

Fishing Expedition – Great Blue Heron

- as seen by -

Julie Larsen Julie Larsen

The big, bluish bird popped over the inky rocks and landed lightly without a sound. The tide had pulled out leaving small pools scattered among the stacks of slippery seaweed. The bird sank deep with each step, but a flutter of its dark and silvery wings pulled it free as it made its way along the shore. Suddenly, the bird stopped and tilted its tufted head to one side. Its tangerine-tinted bill shot like a spear into the unsuspecting sea life – its search for food complete in the shallows of coastal Maine.

Great blue herons (Ardea herodias) are iconic birds that range in various watery habitats throughout the United States and Central America. Known for their long legs and rapid reactions, they are appropriately adapted for a fishing expedition at the ocean’s edge.

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-500 Lens

Freeport, USA Map It


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John stahl
October 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

Julie…that’s a superb flight image!

    Julie Larsen Maher
    November 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Thank you, John. Birdwatching and bird photography are both wonderful hobbies. One can often lead to the other!

Steve Bursey
February 13, 2021 at 11:50 am

Great photo and writing! Someone who appreciates nature is uncommon!

    Julie Larsen Maher
    February 13, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks, Steve. Nature provides non-stop photo ops!