H for herons – great blue herons, green herons and night herons, some of my favourite birds to photograph.
Here is the green heron we saw quite close to home on a pond by the local dairy. You can see the greenish tinge at the top of their wings.
This black crowned night heron caught himself a tasty fish in the turtle pond down by the bay.
These are smaller herons with a thicker and shorter neck than the great blue heron. They have a black crown on their head and the colour sometimes extends down their back. The photo below is just as it was taking off. The white line on its back is the long white feather that comes out of its black crown.
The great blue heron, the one with the long neck and long legs is a silent, solitary stalker at the bay. My photo archives are full of many photos of this large wading bird.
I love close up photos of their head. Maybe it’s the slate grey colour in many shades, which is one of my favourite colours of clothing. (along with black and green)
Their wing span is huge and just look how they tuck their feet right to the underside of their body. This one was just taking off and the wing tips are touching the water. The great blue heron is the largest North American heron
On a misty and rainy day this great blue heron was sighted on a large post surveying the area around Whiffen Spit.
Close to shore down by the Bay of Quinte this heron was searching for a snack of fish which they usually swallow whole.
On one of our many walks down by the bay we spotted a young heron. My first instinct was to identify it as a young green heron but others thought it was a young night crowned heron. It had the green legs of a night heron. We were thrilled to see it, no matter what species it was.