Egret and Heron Pictures

The difference between herons and egrets is blurred and some birds have been moved from one species to another over time. For purposes here, an egret will be white and a heron some other color.

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Egret Pictures

Where I live we have a small pond used for Koi and a larger pond which is often used by ducks and turtles with a few Koi. Now and again an egret comes to visit. Here are some pictures of the egret for your consideration…

Egret Watching a KoiContemplating one of the Koi to see if it would be fair game.Egret With ReflectionStanding still and allowing me to take a picture of it and its reflection.Egret by StatueComparing itself to a statue. The problem with this picture (aside from the shade) is that the egret refused to extend its neck while standing there so I never got the comparison shot I wanted.

Egret Taking OffOf course, it’s a bird so the egret has to fly. Here it is taking off.

Egret Coming in For a LandingAnd, here it is coming in for a landing. It was curious to me how the feet are curled and dragging in the water just before landing.

Egret Waiting and WatchingMostly, however, egrets watch for prey be that just standing and watching…

Egret Stretching to Look…or stretching and watching.

Heron Pictures

For about 20 minutes one day in April 2011 we had a visit from a blue heron. I just happened to be out by our little lake when it visited so here are some shots from that day…

Blue Heron Watching in the WaterIt stood in the water watching for food.

Blue Heron Watching From RocksThen, moved to the rocks. I moved in just a bit closer and…

Blue Heron FlyingIt took off for the other side of the lake. I managed to get three shots off and the one you see above is the best of the three. Made a large print of it and it’s hanging on the wall in my office now.

On April 17th 2014 I walked out by the lake and noticed a different bird sitting on one of the rocks in the lake. Got a few pictures before it flew off (it was skittish). Turned out to be a green heron.

Green HeronIt comes back now and again but never “performs” for me. I have noticed that when it flies there is a big area of wing folded into that smallish bird!

Advance now to June 24th 2014 and a young blue heron landed at the lake and started to fish for the minnows that grow there.

Young Blue Heron-00I was lucky enough to get a couple of sequences of the bird extending its neck, grabbing a minnow, and bringing it back in as part of a meal. Here is sequence one…

Young Blue Heron-01 Neck ExtendedYoung Blue Heron-02 Bringing In MinnowYoung Blue Heron-03 With MinnowHaving eaten that minnow, the bird continued to hunt and here is sequence two…

Young Blue Heron-04 Neck ExtendedYoung Blue Heron-05 Neck RetractingYoung Blue Heron-06 With MinnowFinally, here is the bird with the minnow about two thirds of the way down the beak and heading for the gullet…

Young Blue Heron-07 Eating MinnowAmazing!

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