Jordan Lake. This morning two of the local great blue herons decided to have a face-off. Territory is always critical even if it’s for only about 20 feet of shoreline. The bird to the right is one of this year’s great blue heron fledglings and the bird to the left is older. The name of the game is to keep your beak higher up in the air than the other. The youngster eventually drops his beak closer to the water and the older bird strides off triumphantly.

Jordan Lake. This juvenile great blue heron found himself a fair sized fish… actually a rather large fish. The question is: could he swallow it. The long pauses in the video are when he is letting all of his throat structures relax so that he can literally wrap himself around the fish before finishing the swallow. I hope you enjoy the meal.

Jordan Lake. I am used to seeing the great blue heron – standing tall and still as a statue – as it waits to catch a fish, that I find myself quite fascinated when I can photograph one in-flight through the trees. It always makes an interesting composition. I hope you agree!

Jordan Lake. My very first day with my brand-new camera and lens that all of you helped me, in so many ways, to purchase.
I have a lot of learning in front of me! Using this camera is like learning to fly the space shuttle so hang in there with me. I will keep practicing and trying all the ways this camera can be used. Thank you all again for all of your support in oh so many ways.

Mom Godiva up high to left of nest; look for her bright white head
her two fledglings in the nest on each side of main trunk
red-headed woodpecker
osprey male
great blue heron

Jordan Lake. Sometimes I think it is good for all of us to slow down a wee bit … even a great blue heron! He takes a very slow sip and shakes the excess water off the end of his long beak. Then the heron gives us a lovely launch all in slow motion.

Great Blue Heron in Slow Motion