Archive images: Last summer with black-crowned night herons

A small slough west of Calgary is a little gem for birds from spring until fall and one I like to visit now and then.  Last August I was surprised to find a few night herons perched among the long grass surrounding the water.  I had not seen them frequent this location previously so it was a pleasure to watch them for about a half an hour.

It was early evening, around 6pm, warm with only a rustle of wind – just enough to keep the mosquitoes away.  One heron found the conditions favorable and flew overhead at one point.

The herons were more active on the far side of pond.  However one bird was stationed closer to me and I kept my long lens trained on that one for the most part.  Eventually that paid off when a farm truck rumbled by on the gravel road behind me and set the heron to flight.  The launch yielded my favourite photographs – I am a sucker for images that capture motion and power – but I was spoiled across the whole time I was there.

14 responses

  1. Excellent shots.

    April 3, 2020 at 1:10 am

  2. Great shots. The launch led to some very nice action shots. Such a great looking bird.

    April 2, 2020 at 9:57 pm

  3. Fabulous shots of it taking flight! Well done!
    Alison

    April 2, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    • Thank you Alison! Took a little while but I was happy with the results.

      April 12, 2020 at 9:35 pm

  4. Judi Martin

    Loved The pictures. You give a wonderful sense of calm which is much needed right now. Are you all okay. Miss you all so much. Love from us

    April 2, 2020 at 8:36 pm

  5. Very nice shots!

    April 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm

  6. They’re one of my favorite birds, and they’re suddenly everywhere here — mostly perching on power lines. I suspect it won’t be long until nesting begins. Your photos of them are wonderful.

    April 2, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    • Agreed. Beautiful birds. Hope you are safe and healthy.

      April 2, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      • All’s well here. My favorite nature spots still are available for hiking and photography, which helps tremendously.

        April 2, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      • I am glad to hear that. Enjoy whatever you are able to do safely.

        April 12, 2020 at 9:37 pm

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