10.31.2020 Frosty the Heron

Yes, we did have snow yesterday.  Only about an inch locally but nearby spots had more, some as much as 5″. This morning I went out to try for a full moon shot and as it was setting a huge fog bank was approaching and the moon settled into that after I managed a couple of shots.

I decided to go to Hop Brook, in Amherst, to see if the fog would light up as the sun rose above the horizon.  That didn’t happen so I “settled” for making images of frosty leaves. I did capture a few foggy landscapes from a distance and decided to pack up as my fingers were numb. I was just about to zip up the bag when this happened right in front of me.

Guess the title gave it away  I was shocked to see one still lingering.  Must have lost his ticket to fly south.

And just in case you are wondering about those bright upper back feathers…

Yes, he is carrying a bit of extra weight until it melts.  Apparently some of the fog rime-frosted his feathers (or it could possibly be lingering snow but my money’s on the frost). Herons do sometimes frequent cold climes but I’ve never seen one wearing the weather like this.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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38 Responses to 10.31.2020 Frosty the Heron

  1. “Wearing the weather” is a clever way to put it. I’d heard about the snow from Tom Whelan, who said he got 3 inches. It’s good to hear the freeze still worked in your favor.

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  2. The bird doesn’t look too impressed with the cold!

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  3. Great capture Steve! The frost makes it quite unique.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    That first frame with the mirrored silhouette is very striking, and I can feel the chill.

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  5. susurrus says:

    Poor thing! Though it does make for a great photo.

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  6. Great image Steve love the frosty detail you captured in this !!

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  7. Great shots. The first time I ever photographed a Great Blue, he was in the snow.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, that is pretty amazing. I’ve never seen frost on an animal before. I guess its feathers are well-insulated!

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  9. Adele Brand says:

    Blending into the landscape. I have not seen a bird with frosted feathers before but as Eliza says, the feathers must be well-insulated – the frost stays unmelted, like snow on a wolf’s thick coat.

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    Poor bird does look cold – hope it can cope with the weather! Great photograph and ‘wearing the weather’ is a wonderfully descriptive phrase!

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  11. Excellent combo of a heron, frost and reflection, Steve!

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  12. melissabluefineart says:

    Oh brr the poor bird! I, too, love your turn of phrase.

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  13. I love the way the frosted foliage mimics some of the frosted feathers.

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  14. Littlesundog says:

    I would have to be VERY hungry to camp out in the frost like the heron did! Fortunately for you, the frosty wait paid off!

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    • You and me both, Lori. I don’t enjoy the cold at all despite all the photographic opportunities it offers. This was certainly worth all the shivering and numb fingers though. Compared to how animals deal with the weather we are pretty soft. 🙂

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  15. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never seen a frost-covered heron; what a wonderful capture. I will say that they do just fine when it turns cold here. And I do mean cold — we dip below freezing every year, for at least a few days. They find a place out of the wind, and just wait it out.

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    • I’d never seen that either. Some of our over-wintering song birds yes, but a wader never. From what I’ve read those that do linger usually do so by the ocean rather than inland. It’s easier to be patient waiting for the weather to change where it is more temperate. That’s not the case here.

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  16. bluebrightly says:

    Fabulous photos, Steve! Your frozen fingers worked very well. So climate change hasn’t made winters warm enough for them to stay yet. huh? They’re definitely year-round residents here but we have the moderating effect of so much water around. I hope this heron decides to fly south – or way east – before too long!

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    • By now I hope it has too. It’s only about 100 miles to the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream offers some warmer temperatures for winter. Those who don’t want to migrate a thousand miles can just flap to the east. 🙂

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  17. aFrankAngle says:

    Too cold for me … but they are survivors.

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  19. margaret21 says:

    Beautiful shots, which I found courtesy of Frank’s Beach Reflections.

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