A morning with a great blue heron in Bragg Creek

I spent Sunday morning watching a great blue heron hunting for fish in the shallows of a small lake near Bragg Creek.  Early on it was just above freezing which led to mist rising off, and swirling across, the water.  The heron was on the far side when I first spotted him so I took turns watching the weather and the fishing.

The day slowly warmed up a little as did the heron to me.  I stayed put in my lawn chair and around 10:30, he crossed the lake landing about 60 meters away from me.

Herons are excellent hunters and this fellow caught fish steadily while walking in the shallows.

One more flight a little while later put him back on the far side but still quite close.

He continued hunting along the shoreline there for another 45 minutes.

Towards noon, I wanted to get home and when he flew back towards the first location I’d found him, I thought that was a sign that our encounter was completed for the day.

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13 responses

  1. Fantastic photo tale of a great bird 🙂 I shot a great blue the other day as well–such a patient hunter!

    August 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    • Thanks Cynthia. I’m very happy to hear that you had some time with one too.

      August 24, 2018 at 1:16 pm

  2. Great series, well captured!

    August 22, 2018 at 11:25 am

  3. Nice set of photos telling a story!

    August 22, 2018 at 3:02 am

  4. Beautiful! We see a lot of Blue Herons here in Radford, VA.

    August 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm

  5. Really enjoyed this series of photos, especially the ‘fishing’ photos!

    August 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm

  6. Anonymous

    Beautiful I love these pre-historic looking birds

    August 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm

  7. Lovely photos of the Great Blue!

    August 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

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