Fishing with a heron

Over the weekend I was in Vancouver for some photography work.  With my friend Jack we visited the wonderful birds preparing for spring in the Lower Mainland.  We spent time in the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary with Wood ducks and Sandhill cranes, the owls along Boundary Bay, Great blue herons (Ardea herodias) around the marinas and waterways in Ladner, and a few other great spots.  Although I lived in Vancouver for university, I had not visited any of these locations for wildlife before.  I was amazed by the birds and their numbers at almost every location.  I am looking forward to sharing some of the images soon.

A pause in the hunt -2013 © Christopher Martin

This Great blue heron was a highly proficient hunter and it collected fish steadily for the hour that we watched it from a bank in Ladner off of River Road.  The heron moved along the shoreline as the tide was going out and kept up its hunting pace the whole time.  Great opportunities to watch the heron’s behaviour and its technique.  I learned a few tells of when it is readying to strike that yielded some really nice images.  I’m having fun working through the collection.

8 responses

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  3. I thought it was a painting when I first saw it, just lovely!

    March 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  4. Beautiful photo.

    March 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

  5. Unique point of view-love it!

    March 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  6. That cocked head really makes it.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    • This particular heron was a great actor. Wonderful body positions and expressions.

      March 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  7. woooooooow wooooooow… Christopher – THAT is an awesome photo which I am sure you are aware of hehe… I really love it .. fantastic work

    March 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

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