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Mary McAvoy

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Capturing the Great Blue Heron

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The great blue heron is a striking bird. Prehistoric in look, awkward in physique, it somehow manages to be amazingly graceful. It has strong predatory instincts. So, while one minute it can be astounding your eyes with its beauty, the next it can be horrifying you with its brutal attack on the smaller wildlife around it.

The great blue heron is a difficult bird to capture well 'on film'. Its long body and generous wingspan pretty much guarantee that one part of your image will be out of focus when taking a picture of the heron in flight. And you have to have a good camera and lens to successfully track it in flight.

Often the bird will sit still along a shoreline. I find that at the start of a season any new heron to the pond near me will not allow me within 40 feet of it. Sometimes, though, by season's end, it will be far more tame and I can get within 15 feet of it - but then, only if it feels secure behind some scrub or it is so wrapped up in the hunt, I am not a priority to it! Then I might get a good shot - if the lighting is right!
There is no staging a shot when taking pictures of wildlife around a pond, as I do.

In this group, I hope that photographers and other artists alike will talk about their experiences within their craft with the great blue heron. And please share your images!

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Featured Images

Doug McPherson - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Doug McPherson

Deb Halloran - Waters Edge

Waters Edge

Deb Halloran

Stuart Harrison - In blue

In blue

Stuart Harrison

Stephanie Kendall - Great Blue Heron 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Stephanie Kendall

Joe Jake Pratt - Watchful Eyes

Watchful Eyes

Joe Jake Pratt

Fraida Gutovich - Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

Fraida Gutovich

Carol  Bradley - My Blue Heaven

My Blue Heaven

Carol Bradley

Kathy Baccari - In All His Glory

In All His Glory

Kathy Baccari

Patricia Twardzik - Showing Off The Blue

Showing Off The Blue

Patricia Twardzik

Frank Townsley - Stately reflection

Stately reflection

Frank Townsley

Olahs Photography - Watching and Waiting

Watching and Waiting

Olahs Photography

Ronnie Cole - Foggy Morning

Foggy Morning

Ronnie Cole

Cynthia Guinn - Young Heron

Young Heron

Cynthia Guinn

Patricia Twardzik - Blue Love is in the Air

Blue Love is in the Air

Patricia Twardzik

Fraida Gutovich - Twister

Twister

Fraida Gutovich

Carol  Bradley - Heron Family Tree

Heron Family Tree

Carol Bradley

Carol  Bradley - Enchanted

Enchanted

Carol Bradley

Carol  Bradley - Family Time

Family Time

Carol Bradley

Sabine Edrissi - Darting

Darting

Sabine Edrissi

Lowell Monke - Standing Blue Heron

Standing Blue Heron

Lowell Monke

Kate Brown - Revealed

Revealed

Kate Brown

Carol  Bradley - Ready To Fly

Ready To Fly

Carol Bradley

Fraida Gutovich - Sometimes

Sometimes

Fraida Gutovich

Wes and Dotty Weber - Heron in a Fog W1111

Heron in a Fog W1111

Wes and Dotty Weber

Daniel Behm - Honey Im Home

Honey Im Home

Daniel Behm

Jennie Breeze - The Twin Baby Egrets

The Twin Baby Egrets

Jennie Breeze

Jack Nevitt - Great Blue Lunch

Great Blue Lunch

Jack Nevitt

Lynne McClure - A Bokeh Morning

A Bokeh Morning

Lynne McClure

Kathy Baccari - Crouching Heron

Crouching Heron

Kathy Baccari

Fraida Gutovich - Pegasus

Pegasus

Fraida Gutovich

Saija  Lehtonen - Blue Heron Skies

Blue Heron Skies

Saija Lehtonen

Saija  Lehtonen - Walking on Water

Walking on Water

Saija Lehtonen

Brian Wallace - Duck Blind

Duck Blind

Brian Wallace

Art Spearing - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Art Spearing

Paul Lyndon Phillips - Egret Fly By  - egfbc2732d

Egret Fly By - egfbc2732d

Paul Lyndon Phillips

Sue Chisholm - Glorious Day

Glorious Day

Sue Chisholm

Erin Tucker - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Erin Tucker

Deborah Benoit - Blue on a Log

Blue on a Log

Deborah Benoit

Olahs Photography - Blue Landing

Blue Landing

Olahs Photography

Jennie Breeze - Ugly Side of Cute

Ugly Side of Cute

Jennie Breeze

Kate Brown - Angel Wings

Angel Wings

Kate Brown

Jennie Breeze - Maintaining the Nest

Maintaining the Nest

Jennie Breeze

Bruce J Robinson - Elegance And Poise

Elegance And Poise

Bruce J Robinson

Sabrina L Ryan - The Kiss

The Kiss

Sabrina L Ryan

Kate Brown - Waterfowl Pond

Waterfowl Pond

Kate Brown

Heather Mitchell - Sassy Green Heron

Sassy Green Heron

Heather Mitchell

Roxie Crouch - Penguin Heron

Penguin Heron

Roxie Crouch

Carol Avants - Bog Day Afternoon

Bog Day Afternoon

Carol Avants

Kathleen Bishop - Into the great beyond

Into the great beyond

Kathleen Bishop

Ronny Schroeder - Grey Heron VIII

Grey Heron VIII

Ronny Schroeder

Carol  Bradley - Ready to Strike

Ready to Strike

Carol Bradley

Kathleen Bishop - Fishing in the Tide Pool

Fishing in the Tide Pool

Kathleen Bishop

Bruce J Robinson - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Bruce J Robinson

Gary Holmes - Watching the Race

Watching the Race

Gary Holmes

Stuart Harrison - The Leaf

The Leaf

Stuart Harrison

Susan Duda - Lucky Catch

Lucky Catch

Susan Duda

Kathy Baccari - A Special Moment

A Special Moment

Kathy Baccari

Bo Lamey - Point of View

Point of View

Bo Lamey

Fraida Gutovich - The Getaway

The Getaway

Fraida Gutovich

Deb Halloran - End Of The Day

End Of The Day

Deb Halloran

Jennie Breeze - Shadow on a Wing

Shadow on a Wing

Jennie Breeze

Deborah Benoit - Wings of Beauty

Wings of Beauty

Deborah Benoit

Stuart Harrison - Plucked from the sea

Plucked from the sea

Stuart Harrison

Brian Stevens - Sunshine Heron

Sunshine Heron

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Kathy Baccari - Perched On High

Perched On High

Kathy Baccari

Stuart Harrison - Evening Fishing

Evening Fishing

Stuart Harrison

Angie Vogel - Heron in Pond

Heron in Pond

Angie Vogel

Paulette Thomas - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Paulette Thomas

Deborah Benoit - The Eye of Blue

The Eye of Blue

Deborah Benoit

Tracy Munson - Sunrise Heron

Sunrise Heron

Tracy Munson

Phyllis Beiser - Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues

Phyllis Beiser

Barry Goble - Just Arrived

Just Arrived

Barry Goble

Jennie Breeze - Branch of Peace

Branch of Peace

Jennie Breeze

Jennie Breeze - Wide Eyed Baby Herons

Wide Eyed Baby Herons

Jennie Breeze

Kathy Baccari - Where

Where's Mom

Kathy Baccari

Bryan Keil - A mouthful

A mouthful

Bryan Keil

Kathy Baccari - Close Encounter

Close Encounter

Kathy Baccari

Kimberley Anglesey - Great Blue Heron Wings

Great Blue Heron Wings

Kimberley Anglesey

Deborah Benoit - Up To The Nest

Up To The Nest

Deborah Benoit

Alicia Knust - Pond Side

Pond Side

Alicia Knust

Kathy Baccari - Family

Family

Kathy Baccari

AnnaJo Vahle - Dinner Time

Dinner Time

AnnaJo Vahle

Barry Goble - Look at Me

Look at Me

Barry Goble

Bryan Keil - Building nest

Building nest

Bryan Keil

Deborah Benoit - Fluff Mode

Fluff Mode

Deborah Benoit

Deb Halloran - Watch This

Watch This

Deb Halloran

Carol  Bradley - March Rain

March Rain

Carol Bradley

Jeff McJunkin - King Heron

King Heron

Jeff McJunkin

Jeff McJunkin - Swan Lake Heron II

Swan Lake Heron II

Jeff McJunkin

Brian Wallace - Heron In Flight - OOF

Heron In Flight - OOF

Brian Wallace

Deb Halloran - Three Stooges

Three Stooges

Deb Halloran

Neal  Eslinger - Heron in Heaven

Heron in Heaven

Neal Eslinger

Deb Halloran - Just Watching

Just Watching

Deb Halloran

Kathy Baccari - On The Hunt

On The Hunt

Kathy Baccari

Deb Halloran - Going For Takeout

Going For Takeout

Deb Halloran

Paulette Thomas - Catch Of The Day

Catch Of The Day

Paulette Thomas

Paulette Thomas - Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Paulette Thomas

Deb Halloran - Graceful Landing

Graceful Landing

Deb Halloran

Deb Halloran - Odd Couple

Odd Couple

Deb Halloran

James Hammen - Green Heron

Green Heron

James Hammen

Nava  Thompson - Blue Heron Waiting

Blue Heron Waiting

Nava Thompson

Dan Ferrin - Great Egret

Great Egret

Dan Ferrin

Deborah Benoit - Preening By The Pond

Preening By The Pond

Deborah Benoit

Dan Ferrin - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Dan Ferrin

Richard Mann - Flying Fish

Flying Fish

Richard Mann

Dorinda K Skains - Music And Culture

Music And Culture

Dorinda K Skains

Barbara Bowen - Feeding time

Feeding time

Barbara Bowen

Paul Lyndon Phillips - Great Blue Heron fishing -3268c

Great Blue Heron fishing -3268c

Paul Lyndon Phillips

Scott Massey - Reflection

Reflection

Scott Massey

AnnaJo Vahle - Splash Fishing

Splash Fishing

AnnaJo Vahle

Christy Usilton - My Reflection

My Reflection

Christy Usilton

Fraida Gutovich - Stirring The Water 2

Stirring The Water 2

Fraida Gutovich

Richard Mann - Waiting

Waiting

Richard Mann

Mariola Bitner - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Mariola Bitner

Carol  Bradley - Nesting Heron

Nesting Heron

Carol Bradley

Carol  Bradley - Hiding Heron

Hiding Heron

Carol Bradley

Ken Keener - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ken Keener

AnnaJo Vahle - Settling in Viera

Settling in Viera

AnnaJo Vahle

Wes and Dotty Weber - Heron And Ripples W2125C

Heron And Ripples W2125C

Wes and Dotty Weber

Betty LaRue - Golden Light

Golden Light

Betty LaRue

P J Gergely - Tossed Sushi

Tossed Sushi

P J Gergely

Gary Holmes - A Hedge of Heron

A Hedge of Heron

Gary Holmes

Michel Soucy - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Michel Soucy

Paul Lyndon Phillips - Small Heron Takeoff - c9066g

Small Heron Takeoff - c9066g

Paul Lyndon Phillips

Ken Keener - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ken Keener

Ken Keener - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ken Keener

Carol  Bradley - Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Carol Bradley

Frank Townsley - Fishing machines

Fishing machines

Frank Townsley

Ken Keener - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ken Keener

Kathy Baccari - A Little Snack

A Little Snack

Kathy Baccari

Frank Townsley - Winter Heron

Winter Heron

Frank Townsley

Frank Townsley - Heron portrait

Heron portrait

Frank Townsley

Frank Townsley - Concentration

Concentration

Frank Townsley

Bob and Jan Shriner - Great Blue Heron and Rushes

Great Blue Heron and Rushes

Bob and Jan Shriner

Paulette Thomas - Gotcha

Gotcha

Paulette Thomas

Kate Brown - Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow

Kate Brown

Ursula Lawrence - Soft Blue Heron

Soft Blue Heron

Ursula Lawrence

AnnaJo Vahle - Valentine

Valentine's Eggs

AnnaJo Vahle

Paulette Thomas - Shaking - # 2

Shaking - # 2

Paulette Thomas

Deborah Benoit - I Have My Twig

I Have My Twig

Deborah Benoit

Paulette Thomas - Great Blue Heron - # 4

Great Blue Heron - # 4

Paulette Thomas

Debbie Hart - Heron On The Edge

Heron On The Edge

Debbie Hart

Fraida Gutovich - Crimson Blue

Crimson Blue

Fraida Gutovich

Karol  Livote - Herons Flight

Herons Flight

Karol Livote

Bruce J Robinson - Great Blue Heron Portrait

Great Blue Heron Portrait

Bruce J Robinson

Fraida Gutovich - The Prize

The Prize

Fraida Gutovich

Brian Stevens - Sunset Heron

Sunset Heron

Brian Stevens

Paulette Thomas - Beautiful Blue Heron

Beautiful Blue Heron

Paulette Thomas

Charles Scott - Fly Heron Fly...2

Fly Heron Fly...2

Charles Scott

Brian Stevens - Bold and Bright

Bold and Bright

Brian Stevens

Erika Atherton - Heron Head Shot

Heron Head Shot

Erika Atherton

Paulette Thomas - Great Blue Heron - # 21

Great Blue Heron - # 21

Paulette Thomas

Paulette Thomas - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Paulette Thomas

Fraida Gutovich - Stormy Catch

Stormy Catch

Fraida Gutovich

Brian Stevens - Heron and Egret

Heron and Egret

Brian Stevens

Nava  Thompson - Graceful Heron

Graceful Heron

Nava Thompson

Brian Stevens - Heron flight

Heron flight

Brian Stevens

Sabrina L Ryan - What a Wingspan

What a Wingspan

Sabrina L Ryan

Sabrina L Ryan - Hiding

Hiding

Sabrina L Ryan

Sabrina L Ryan - In the Nest

In the Nest

Sabrina L Ryan

Brian Stevens - Down the hatch

Down the hatch

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Sabrina L Ryan - High Steppin

High Steppin

Sabrina L Ryan

Nava  Thompson - Lake Patrol

Lake Patrol

Nava Thompson

Carol  Bradley - Too Close For Comfort

Too Close For Comfort

Carol Bradley

Betty LaRue - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Betty LaRue

Gail Bridger - Blue Heron Wading

Blue Heron Wading

Gail Bridger

Jeanne Kay Juhos - Great Blue Heron Vigil

Great Blue Heron Vigil

Jeanne Kay Juhos

Sabrina L Ryan - A Gift for the Nest

A Gift for the Nest

Sabrina L Ryan

Miguel Celis - Great Blue Heron 2

Great Blue Heron 2

Miguel Celis

Fraida Gutovich - Hanging By A Tail

Hanging By A Tail

Fraida Gutovich

Fraida Gutovich - Captive Crayfish

Captive Crayfish

Fraida Gutovich

Fraida Gutovich - Avian Chase

Avian Chase

Fraida Gutovich

Paul Lyndon Phillips - Impressive Wings Heron - c1940d

Impressive Wings Heron - c1940d

Paul Lyndon Phillips

Paul Lyndon Phillips - Heron in Winter - c1944d

Heron in Winter - c1944d

Paul Lyndon Phillips

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Michel Soucy - Where is breakfast?

Where is breakfast?

Michel Soucy

Michel Soucy - Heron on the rocks

Heron on the rocks

Michel Soucy

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Fraida Gutovich - Stretch

Stretch

Fraida Gutovich

Brian Stevens - Heron Reflections

Heron Reflections

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens - Launch

Launch

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Brian Stevens

Joy Bradley - The Heron

The Heron's Catch

Joy Bradley

Ursula Lawrence - Silent Flight

Silent Flight

Ursula Lawrence

Carl Jackson - Golden Fly away

Golden Fly away

Carl Jackson

Deborah Benoit - Am I Gorgeous

Am I Gorgeous

Deborah Benoit

Fraida Gutovich - Great Blue In Autumn

Great Blue In Autumn

Fraida Gutovich

Christine Stonebridge - Blue Heron Rhapsody

Blue Heron Rhapsody

Christine Stonebridge

Robert Frederick - Great Blue On A Stick

Great Blue On A Stick

Robert Frederick

Deborah Benoit - Mom And Babies

Mom And Babies

Deborah Benoit

Michel Soucy - Pruning

Pruning

Michel Soucy

Deborah  Smith - Where

Where's Those Fish

Deborah Smith

Michel Soucy - Heron on a log

Heron on a log

Michel Soucy

Valia Bradshaw - Ballerina Heron

Ballerina Heron

Valia Bradshaw

Judith Szantyr - At The Top

At The Top

Judith Szantyr

Kathleen Stephens - Heron Standing

Heron Standing

Kathleen Stephens

Fraida Gutovich - Extravagant Wingspan

Extravagant Wingspan

Fraida Gutovich

Fraida Gutovich - The Perfect Twig

The Perfect Twig

Fraida Gutovich

Carol  Bradley - Hey Look Me Over

Hey Look Me Over

Carol Bradley

Carol  Bradley - The Mating Dance

The Mating Dance

Carol Bradley

Robert Frederick - Nest-Building Great Blue

Nest-Building Great Blue

Robert Frederick

Phil Lanoue - Concentration

Concentration

Phil Lanoue

Robert Frederick - Great Blue With A Drum

Great Blue With A Drum

Robert Frederick

Phil Lanoue - GBH Portrait

GBH Portrait

Phil Lanoue

Myrna Bradshaw - Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Herons

Myrna Bradshaw

Tatiana Fess - Into the Sun

Into the Sun

Tatiana Fess

Kathy Ricca - Resting on Wing

Resting on Wing

Kathy Ricca

Judy Via-Wolff -  ptg  Blue Heron

ptg Blue Heron

Judy Via-Wolff

Carol Groenen - King of the Marsh

King of the Marsh

Carol Groenen

Robert Frederick - Morning At Rusty Bog

Morning At Rusty Bog

Robert Frederick

Bill Dodsworth - Great Blue inflight

Great Blue inflight

Bill Dodsworth

Rrrose Pix - Perching Pretty

Perching Pretty

Rrrose Pix

Robert Frederick - How To Smoke Fish

How To Smoke Fish

Robert Frederick

Joy Bradley - Take A Look

Take A Look

Joy Bradley

Fraida Gutovich - Cloaked In Secrecy

Cloaked In Secrecy

Fraida Gutovich

Douglas Stucky - Great Blue Fly-by

Great Blue Fly-by

Douglas Stucky

Robert Frederick - Blow Dry Gone Wild

Blow Dry Gone Wild

Robert Frederick

Fraida Gutovich - Full Of Fluff

Full Of Fluff

Fraida Gutovich

Fraida Gutovich - Goldenrod

Goldenrod

Fraida Gutovich

Pauline Ross - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pauline Ross

DK Hawk - Take-Off

Take-Off

DK Hawk

Robert Frederick - Great Blue At Sunset

Great Blue At Sunset

Robert Frederick

Rrrose Pix - Blue Honk

Blue Honk

Rrrose Pix

Bruce J Robinson - Great Blue Heron Portrait

Great Blue Heron Portrait

Bruce J Robinson

Michel Soucy - Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Michel Soucy

Sue Melvin - Bird On Alert

Bird On Alert

Sue Melvin

Rrrose Pix - All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Rrrose Pix

Mark Michel - Blue Heron Wading

Blue Heron Wading

Mark Michel

Carl Jackson - Herons in Love

Herons in Love

Carl Jackson

Carol  Bradley - Taking Off

Taking Off

Carol Bradley

Joy Bradley - Stalker

Stalker

Joy Bradley

Carol Avants - Tranquil Dawn

Tranquil Dawn

Carol Avants

Joy Bradley -  Food Chain

Food Chain

Joy Bradley

Wes and Dotty Weber - Ruffled Feathers D3643

Ruffled Feathers D3643

Wes and Dotty Weber

Derrick Higgins - Heron

Heron

Derrick Higgins

Fraida Gutovich - Billy The Squid

Billy The Squid

Fraida Gutovich