A Heron in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9157

Great blue herons are a favourite bird of mine.  I was very happy when I spotted this one fishing along the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park when I was there a few weeks ago.  I found a little shoulder off the road where I could park my car and I walked back to the small bridge I had just crossed.

Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9123

The heron was stalking through the grass in the water, noted my presence with a slight turn of its head, and then continued.  A few minutes, three strikes and two fish later, it had moved closer and was now directly across the water from me.

Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9132

Whether it was momentarily full, spooked by a particular vehicle crossing the bridge or just tired of me watching, it jumped into the air after ducking under the logs in front of it in the picture above.

Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9143
I was in a great position to watch the strong wingbeats lift the heron.  I was already feeling lucky for first finding it along this beautiful river bend and then getting to photograph it fishing.  When it took flight and then banked overhead, I was able to get several nice flight shots and I felt my luck had doubled down on its own accord – and won!

Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9147-2
Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9150

Yellowstone Great blue heron - © Christopher Martin-9153

14 responses

  1. HSIN关心

    very great photos

    June 19, 2016 at 4:18 am

  2. Really great images Christopher….worth the effort that you put in! Thank you for sharing.

    June 16, 2016 at 11:36 pm

  3. Stunning photos Christopher.

    June 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm

  4. They’re a favorite of mine too. Beautiful shots.

    June 14, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  5. They are.my favorite too. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

    June 14, 2016 at 8:22 am

  6. How breath taking that must have been for you. To me, the heron looks a tad prehistoric, in some of your flight shots. I love to watch the herons here in Michigan. Keep following your gut and bringing us more fantastic images. Thank you very much for sharing these.

    June 14, 2016 at 7:51 am

  7. I am always in AWE at looking at God’s nature. Thank you Christopher for the beautiful pictures

    June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

  8. Awesome shots of a beautiful bird!

    June 14, 2016 at 6:39 am

  9. Hans Stellingsma

    great blue Herons such a graceful bird such beauty ❤ great picture !

    June 14, 2016 at 6:13 am

  10. Kenny

    Love the pictures and the colors are so vibrant in the photos.

    June 14, 2016 at 6:08 am

  11. They are one of my favorite birds too. I rarely see them in flight. Marvelous photo!!

    June 14, 2016 at 4:27 am

  12. Great photo!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

    June 14, 2016 at 4:15 am

  13. Kaypius

    Wonderful wonderful photos Christopher!

    June 14, 2016 at 2:34 am

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