11.26.2020-2 Thursday Bird Day

No Turkey today, it was still frozen even after five days, so how’s a heron for a substitute?

Green Herons are often found in Poor Farm Swamp along the Norwottuck Rail Trail here in Amherst. Many are not too terribly shy and offer a nice chance to study their behavior as this one offered back in 2008.

He walked around on some fallen branches in front of me for quite a while.  I snapped off several frames of him wandering and looking for some lunch.

I did not get a shot of him successfully spearing a fish or frog during this sequence.  But I did catch this punk moment.

A short time later he bid me a not too fond farewell in a somewhat less than friendly manner.

I’ve shared this one before but it it finishes the series from the encounter. I think he had had just about enough of being followed at this point.  🙂

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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20 Responses to 11.26.2020-2 Thursday Bird Day

  1. This made me laugh 😆 Punks have no respect. I have never seen these before, he must be quite a lot smaller than the Great Blue but has similar markings down the front.

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  2. You’re fortunate the heron let you get so close. I guess the final picture is what literary folks call a denouement.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Ha! In or out, it is all the same to him! Fun series, Steve.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    The expression on his face in the last frame is precious, but your patience in the previous shots is well-rewarded. I hope to see one of these in the wild some day.

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  5. Very nice series of images Steve! One of my favorite birds to watch & photograph!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I really enjoy these birds, and you’ve captured some wonderful images. For such a small bird, they’re spunky as can be. Have you ever seen a couple of them fighting over territory? It’s quite a scene.

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  7. Littlesundog says:

    I LOVE all of these images. It does seem you are getting a little signal that the photoshoot is over, and if that didn’t do it, the old “stink-eye” might!

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  8. melissabluefineart says:

    LOL. :). What an ending. I’ll take a heron over a turkey any day. I’m remembering the year, early in marriage, on Thanksgiving morning, when we looked at each other with wild surmise~”Wait, I thought YOU were going to get the turkey out of the freezer…”

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    I went crazy the last time you posted Green herons and I love these, too. Such characters they are! I think they’re rare to absent here but Great Blue herons are plentiful and they, too, can be very entertaining. I watched one perched on a piling at a marina the other day, toward sundown. The “bib” feathers were puffed way out, the body was scrunched down and the black crown feathers stuck up like a Pileated woodpecker’s. Then there’s that expression, always so ready to pounce or squawk or fly away. Great photos, Steve!

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    • Glad you enjoyed these, Lynn. We are lucky to have both of those herons here. I always am happy to have GBHs around but the smaller Greens are my favorites.They seem a bit more tolerant as well which makes photographing them a bit easier.

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