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Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 14, 2017

Just when you think, ‘It’s Over’ ...

Here’s a shot of the Blue Heron that I posted a few days ago, this time with the vole and only a split second before the Bald Eagle buzzed the heron and caused it to open its bill and drop the vole.  I guess the vole owes that eagle a bit of gratitude for being instrumenta ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 12, 2017

Eagle Attack!

Image of a Great Blue Heron being harassed by an immature Bald Eagle.  Ridgefield NWR, Dec. 11, 2017.  I drove up to this heron about 50 feet away, as it looked like it was just about ready to catch something in the grass.  Sure enough a few seconds later it had nabbed a vole, ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on October 31, 2017

Snake’s Bad Day

This Great Blue Heron made short work of his snake lunch, Oct. 27, 2017, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 2:46 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on August 9, 2017

Sunset Flyer

It was a smoky day at the Ridgefield NWR, August 7, 2017.  We’ve had a stretch of heat here in the Pacific Northwest that has trapped the smoke from wildfires burning as far north as British Columbia.  The background of today’s Great Blue Heron shot would have norma ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on June 21, 2017

Attack from the Air

A Great Blue Heron was taking it easy but just a little too close to the Red-winged Blackbirds’ nest.  The birds dive-bombed the heron many times for quite a while and the heron wouldn’t move.  All the heron had to do was fly a little ways away and the blackbirds ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on April 2, 2017

One minute later…

This is the Great Blue Heron from a few posts ago, about one minute after the initial spearing of the frog.  Thirty seconds after this shot the frog disappeared.  Taken at the Ridgefield NWR March 23, 2017. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 10:59 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on November 29, 2016

A hop, skip, and a jump

Here a Great Blue Heron takes a short flight across a slough at the Ridgefield NWR, Nov. 29, 2016.  The bird was vocalizing all the way across. LARGEVIEW! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/2000, f5, ISO 400, 500mm, 2:48 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on June 10, 2016

Windshear Landing

A Great Blue Heron’s ‘controlled’ landing at the Ridgefield NWR, March 23, 2016. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 10:23 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on June 3, 2016

Bird and Fish

A Great Blue Heron with a morning snack.  Taken at the Ridgefield NWR, May 31, 2016. LARGEVIEW! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f8, ISO 800, 1000mm, 10:23 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on March 12, 2016

Deadly Strike

Reviewing my Feb. 9, 2016, shots I recall my close encounter with this Great Blue Heron which had just caught brunch.  In this case, the bird’s lightning fast bill pierced the skin of the hapless prey.  There was no resistance by the snake as the heron consumed its catch. ... Continue Reading