the best heron

I love taking photos of Great Blue Herons — they are such regal birds standing and walking around in their wetland habitat.  But the best photos I have ever taken of the GBHs came from a bird standing right by the side of the road at the base of a waterfall, cascading down an embankment from a prairie pothole pond.

Great Blue Heron at a waterfall

The bird blended into its background so well, I almost didn’t see it. We had stopped so I could take a photo of the Yellow-headed Blackbirds there.  Click on the photo for a much larger version.

Or, perhaps this is the best shot?

Great Blue Heron at a waterfall

Even though I got a closer shot with the telephoto, the bird is remarkably well camouflaged against this background. It might have been hunting frogs or perhaps little fish that washed over the edge o the pond. Click on the photo for a much larger version.

More on prairie potholes in the next post.

6 thoughts on “the best heron

    • Isn’t it amazing that for a very tall bird, they are so well camouflaged?! When the lighting and background are just right, they can really disappear. If the heron had not moved its head, I probably never would have seen it.

    • I’ve never been this close to one before either. It was sheer luck that we happened to stop on the road to see something else, and I just happened to look over and spot the heron before it took off.

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