Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fishing: Great Blue Heron Style



While fishing on the nearby lake Memorial Day morning, I noticed a Great Blue Heron standing along the shore. As I began my approach it flew south along the lake shore and disappeared into a small cove. This time I was able to approach to within about fifty yards before leaving cover and as usual, I set the trolling motor at its very slowest speed. To slow my approach even more I would bump the switch on and off giving it only enough power for steerage. Finally I ran up against a submerged stump and just sat quietly waiting and watching from about thirty yards away.






The Heron watched me intently once I broke cover but then found the small fish in the shallow water to be of more interest. Slowly ever so slowly she stalked her prey until with a lighting fast strike she deftly caught a small bluegill.

4 comments:

fishing guy said...

Salty: Very nicely done, the herons are a very skiddish bird. I saw one this morning and it took off before I sould take a picture.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent capture for both you and the bird. It seem our Heron are more tame than yours, but saying that I realise this is something I could not of said a few years back. It seem our Heron are just getting used to us folk walking by.

DeeMom said...

wow that close that is WONDERFUL...

Great pictures

photowannabe said...

I love the stance of the bird in the first picture. He looks curious.
Your lake has so much wildlife to photograph.