Monday, July 28, 2008

Cool Move: Tri-Colored Heron


During my February Florida trip I captured the Tri-Colored Heron fishing. During the time this bird allowed me to watch it I observed it shading the water with either one or both wings prior to and during its lightening quick feeding strike.

I have observed Great Blue Herons striking numerous times and have never seen one use this interesting technique.



13 comments:

DeeMom said...

Stunning Photo

Shellmo said...

Such a "flexible" heron you captured here! Neat shot!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh wow... that's just super cool! You have captured a wonderful shot.
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Faye Pekas said...

Hi Salty

I just spent time looking through some of your posts I’ve missed and I alternately ohhhhed and ahhhhed, smiled, laughed out loud and even got a little misty eyed. Your work just keeps getting better!

I’ve missed your narratives as well as your great country shots.

I've never seen a heron doing this before either. Smart bird :)

Congrats on two years.

ASH's Eye said...

Guess this is what you have to do when you don't have polarized sunglasses :P

Leedra said...

We knew Heron's are patient and smart. although this is a 1st.

Meggie said...

Amazing photo, Salty! There were lots of Great Blues in the park this morning. As I approached one, it took off with its mighty looking wing span. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera set to the right speed. Makes me appreciate great photos like yours.

fishing guy said...

Salty: Just in time for the olympics we have the Tri-colored Heron doing the 'Wing Out Dip Attack'. How funny a position and what a great capture moment. I wish I had seen it. I also have seen the Great Blue's walk the shore and do the double wing shade routine.

Kerri said...

That is so neat! Great shot!

HFD60 said...

Wow nice shot...thats the first time I've seen one use that tactic...

Abraham Lincoln said...

A beautiful photograph, Salty.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

AphotoAday said...

Yep, those herons are quick and skillful hunters, aren't they... This one has an unusual technique...

Louise said...

That's wonderful!