When visiting the west coast of Florida, one of the most common birds I see are majestic Great Blue Herons. Lush green mangrove islands, small and large ponds, flowing creeks, vast golf courses and white, powdery beaches are just a few of the areas where I have observed these long-necked birds. In the Sunshine State, Great Blue Herons seem to be a lot more comfortable with human presence than they are here in the Midwest, thus they make for great photography subjects. Without a doubt, these striking herons are one of my favorite birds to capture images of. Do you have a bird that you are particularly fond of photographing?
A Great Blue Heron couple engage in a stunning courtship display
The striking profile of a Great Blue Heron
Grace in motion
A Great Blue Heron masters the art of ingesting an especially sizable fish
One day while taking a stroll at Longboat Key Club Moorings, I came across the above heron with quite a large catch.
It took a few minutes to manage the fish into this position.
Down the hatch!
Five minutes later, the fish was swallowed whole. I am always amazed at how Great Blue Herons can eat such large prey.
A female heron places a branch in the nest
This stunning couple was seen at the Venice Rookery. The male would fly to an abandoned nest, snatch a limb and bring it back for the female to use in constructing her platform nest.
Post by Julie Gidwitz
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