Great Blue Heron Reflected

A Heron's flight reflected - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I went to the small lake in Wild Rose on the weekend to see whether the cooler weather of the past week had scared off the pair of Great Blue Herons who summer there.  The shoreline was empty and I thought the lake had been left by these large birds until next year.  I turned my attention to the small island in the middle of the lake.  Under a stand of mixed trees at the far end one heron was standing a few metres back from the water’s edge.

Wild Rose High Four - 2013 © Christopher Martin

It stared my way for a few minutes and then resumed its previous activity – perched on one leg, standing motionless except for the occasional pull at a stray feather or similar grooming habit.  When a noise drew its attention it would stare for a bit and then continue.  I loved the colours in the bushes along the shoreline and their soft reflections.  I hoped to see the heron fly low against this backdrop so I waited.  And waited.

Great Blue Heron reflected - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Somewhere close to an hour later it finally stretched out its wings, stepped close to the water and took to the air.  It was worth the wait.  Flying low, the feet dragged in the water a couple of times as it crossed the lake.  I love watching Great Blue Herons fly, their wings are so large that it seems like they are barely putting in any effort when they fly yet they move at a good pace.

Slicing the surface - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The heron checked its flight as it arrived on the other side and started walking along the shallows.  I watched it stalk fish for a while and then I headed home to warm up.  I think it will be heading south soon.

Checked flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Fishing in the shallows - 2013 © Christopher Martin

5 responses

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  2. wow, love the reflections of the heron in flight and the autumn colours.

    October 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  3. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Lovely images. I think you were wise to wait, as the photos of the heron flying (& reflected in the water) are really lovely.

    The long grass and other foliage make for a nice reflection in the water also.

    October 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  4. Love the one of it landing in the midst of the golden splendor.May be your last glimpse (as well as ours) for this season. Thanks for your patience and for posting these shots.

    October 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  5. Well worth the wait. Those fall colours suit the heron.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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