Friday, January 09, 2009

Heron Tongue


While visiting Joe Overstreet one morning a fellow photographer arrived and struck up a conversation. Asking if anything was happening I replied no, not right now. He was quite familiar with the area stating that he normally visited it about once each month. After giving me some tips concerning what and where to look for photo opportunities at Joe Overstreet, he gave me direction to another favorite spot of his on Lake Marion. According to him this location was particularly good for Limpkins, Vultures, and Wood Storks.

Soon the allure of a new adventure was too much and I was in the car headed south. The information was good with all of the stated species being present along with plenty of others. Late in the afternoon this Great Blue Heron positioned itself in the nearby marsh standing with open mouth. The strong backlighting illuminated the Herons long spike tongue.

I have spend many hours viewing and photographing these birds but this was the first and only time I have ever seen one stand with open mouth displaying its tongue. For reasons that only the Heron knew, it gave me a unique photo opportunity.



11 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Unique for sure.You think he didn't want to be photographed?LOL
Blessings,Ruth

Kerri said...

WOW! An amazing capture!!

Meggie said...

Holy moly, Salty! Fab photo!!

gina said...

awesome! and i've never seen their tongue before. great capture!

Jedediah said...

Great photo, such a lot of details (like the tip of the tongue)

photowannabe said...

Totally fascinating. What more can I say?

Ivar Ivrig said...

In the right place at the right moment. Photography is all about planning. And some luck. Excellent shot. Great exposure and composition. If I could, I would like to join you on a "photosafari" like this. Learn from your experience and to see foreign birds and animals.
Keep up the good work, Salty

Louise said...

Incredible capture!

i beati said...

who knew?/I love in Spring Lake South of her about 2 hrs. Sk

Leedra said...

He sure did, I also have photographed a lot of Herons, never seen a tongue. Great capture.

fishing guy said...

Salty: I love this shot of my favorite big bird.