Dinners here !
Dinners here !

I love great blue herons. Here in the north Quabbin area there are loads of them. But finding a nest you can watch can be tricky some years.  Enjoy the photos I've taken over the past few years of these great birds.

"Anyone see a heron around here ?"
"Anyone see a heron around here ?"

I was photo bombed today by an otter family while taking pictures of this great blue heron fishing.  7/8/15

"Has anyone seen an otter around here?"
"Has anyone seen an otter around here?"
A very wet great blue heron
A very wet great blue heron

One day I saw this heron sitting there on his fishing grounds in the pouring rain. I watched as it just poured and he just sat there looking about for a meal. I don't know who get wetter, him of I ?

An early fall, early morning sun landing in the swamp
An early fall, early morning sun landing in the swamp
  A young great blue heron puffs himself up to look bigger to another heron as he defends his fishing yards.

A young great blue heron puffs himself up to look bigger to another heron as he defends his fishing yards.

Lunch is served
Lunch is served

A great blue heron can stand at attention like a stone for many minutes at a time after spotting a frog, snake, minnow or large bullhead as you will see in a few frames.

  Another green heron fishing for breakfast at a Quabbin watershed swamp....8/29/16

Another green heron fishing for breakfast at a Quabbin watershed swamp....8/29/16

Great blue herons strikes like lightning when the time is right
Great blue herons strikes like lightning when the time is right

After watching and waiting for the right time it strikes.  A great blue heron diving after a catfish. 

"Did I catch it?"
"Did I catch it?"

Here he is coming out with a fish….

Success  !!  A large bullhead for lunch!
Success !! A large bullhead for lunch!
YAY !!   happy heron !
YAY !! happy heron !
Down the hatch
Down the hatch

After stabbing and it many times he swallowed it on one gulp.   He looks like he is wondering if it was the right decision !!  6/20/15

  A juvenile green heron is watching the world go by in a hollowed out stump.  8/25/16

A juvenile green heron is watching the world go by in a hollowed out stump.  8/25/16

Hours and hours preening
Hours and hours preening

A great blue heron takes a break from fishing for breakfast to preen. They spend hours and hours preening each day.  Sometimes after each dive.   Quabbin watershed.  6/25/15

More Preening…..
More Preening…..
Another day, another fish !
Another day, another fish !
urghh  come outta there …...
urghh come outta there …...
GB heron with lunch !
GB heron with lunch !

I watched this great blue heron stalk and catch a big catfish.  Here he has it in his beak with weeds after he grabbed it at his feet. 6/20/15

  Young of the year great blue herons are leaving their nests and starting to show up in the local swamps, ponds and waterways. Here is a young one I found fishing today in Petersham.  7/19/16.

Young of the year great blue herons are leaving their nests and starting to show up in the local swamps, ponds and waterways. Here is a young one I found fishing today in Petersham.  7/19/16.

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

I've been watching this injured heron all spring/summer.  Today I was able to see monofiliment fishing ling wrapped around his leg and cutting into his skin. I fear this will do him in although as you can see here he is still eating like a hog !!  8/16/15

Great blue heron chicks awaiting dinner.  Quabbin watershed.  6/24/15
Great blue heron chicks awaiting dinner. Quabbin watershed. 6/24/15
  A young great blue heron probably fledged within the last 3 week to a month came wading right by me today.  I couldn't resist its antics.  7/18/16

A young great blue heron probably fledged within the last 3 week to a month came wading right by me today.  I couldn't resist its antics.  7/18/16

Another meal is delivered.
Another meal is delivered.

As the chicks grow and get older the meals slow down coming to the chicks.

"LOOK,  Ma's home with dinner !!"
"LOOK, Ma's home with dinner !!"

Great blue heron chicks getting fed.  Quabbin Reservoir watershed.  6/24/15

Hop along !
Hop along !

He hops from mud patch to mud patch looking for fish, frogs, snakes and anything else that might make a good meal.  Quabbin watershed.  6/23/15

Air miles ?
Air miles ?

This is better than hopping about in a marsh when your a great blue heron !  Quabbin watershed.  

Drop in for lunch some time !
Drop in for lunch some time !
My best buddy in action again today.
My best buddy in action again today.

I've had more fun watching this great blue heron this spring/summer ! He's very photogenic and a real clown.  He's always glad to see me :)

 

And…..LUNCH  !
And…..LUNCH !

The same heron strikes a nice frog for a snack right in front of me.  I though we were buddies but he didn't offer me any. 

Great blue heron coming in to land. 7/25/15
Great blue heron coming in to land. 7/25/15
  "Dads here with lunch !"    Two of three great blue heron chicks are greeting dinner from one of their parents landing. The third chick has already left the nest.  I suspect these 2 will be gone from the nest within a week.  6/29/16

"Dads here with lunch !"    Two of three great blue heron chicks are greeting dinner from one of their parents landing. The third chick has already left the nest.  I suspect these 2 will be gone from the nest within a week.  6/29/16

Yum yum,  fresh fish !  A great blue heron strikes out at a fish from a good fishing stump.  7/25/15
Yum yum, fresh fish ! A great blue heron strikes out at a fish from a good fishing stump. 7/25/15
Dive bomber !!
Dive bomber !!

This great blue heron jumped from near the top of a pine tree about 150 feet up to the shore of a beaver pond at Quabbin.  Or maybe he thought he was a peregrine falcon ?  7/23/15

Another day, another fish!
Another day, another fish!

Ive seen this heron take a ton of fish and frogs this summer.  I figured out his best fishing spots and he has gotten used to me  taking pictures (I think?……)   7/28/15

  A great blue heron attends to its feathers in the early morning sunlight.  They spend hours on feather repair and maintenance.  6/6/16

A great blue heron attends to its feathers in the early morning sunlight.  They spend hours on feather repair and maintenance.  6/6/16

Osprey imitation!
Osprey imitation!

This heron jumped right into the water head first from this stump right in front or me today.  I don't know who was more surprised, me or him !    7/28/15

and Im heading out !
and Im heading out !
And off he goes with his fish in his beak. They alway like to eat on solid ground if its a large prey item.
And off he goes with his fish in his beak. They alway like to eat on solid ground if its a large prey item.
"come outta there"
"come outta there"
My buddy Gwarkk!
My buddy Gwarkk!

Here is my pal GwarKK! with his catch of the day.  These great blue herons are amazing birds and a ton of fun to watch.  Ive spent hours and hours watching and photographing this guy.  I know where his favorite fishing stumps are and all I have to do is wait!   8/1/15

  This great blue heron stabs at breakfast.  The water in the beaver ponds is slowly dropping and its making great fishing grounds for these guys.....  6/2/16

This great blue heron stabs at breakfast.  The water in the beaver ponds is slowly dropping and its making great fishing grounds for these guys.....  6/2/16

Green heron
Green heron

Green herons are starting to wander about after raising their families as are the great blues. This guy showed up with a couple others at the beaver pond a few weeks ago and today was the first time I actually got good photos.  8/2/15

Early morning stretches and telling the fish to line up !
Early morning stretches and telling the fish to line up !
   Ive been watching these herons from a far distance once a week for the last month or so because I knew there were eggs they were incubating and herons will move at the drop of a pin. Today I hiked in, crept up to where I could see through the trees and there they were ! 3 scruffy little great blue herons...

Ive been watching these herons from a far distance once a week for the last month or so because I knew there were eggs they were incubating and herons will move at the drop of a pin. Today I hiked in, crept up to where I could see through the trees and there they were ! 3 scruffy little great blue herons...

Who me ?
Who me ?

All herons are very alert birds and this one was no exception. They can raise their crest at will.  8/2/15

Great Blue  Herons
Great Blue Herons

Changing of the guard….. 4/26/15

4/26/15
4/26/15

 "Lucy, Im home"  GB herons investigating an old nest possibility for use as a new one.  4/26/15

Great egrets are seen in late August as young ones roam about. They do not nest at the Quabbin.
Great egrets are seen in late August as young ones roam about. They do not nest at the Quabbin.
  A great egret stretches his wings after preening.   8/18/15    

A great egret stretches his wings after preening.   8/18/15

 

Great egret
Great egret

Wonderful birds !  I look forward to seeing them when they start wandering around Quabbin in August. With some luck you can see them off of the lower end of the gate 35 road in the large phragmites patch north of Mt L.  8/16/15

A great egret strikes again !
A great egret strikes again !
Great egret
Great egret

Great egrets are beautiful birds that show up in August every year around the Quabbin area.  They can be found along the CT River also.  They are easy to see because they are pure white with black legs. Snowy egrets look the same except they have yellow legs.  8/16/15

A green heron with his fish
A green heron with his fish

A cousin of the GB herons these little guys sure are great fish/frog catchers.  They also have the patience of a rock when it comes to hunting for lunch. 8/16/15

  You best be careful waving your fish around when a family of otters are swimming around the pond!  8/16/15

You best be careful waving your fish around when a family of otters are swimming around the pond!  8/16/15

Here he is head first after a fish right off the stump.  8/16/15
Here he is head first after a fish right off the stump. 8/16/15
yay…gotcha !
yay…gotcha !
"No otter's going to get my fish"   8/16/15
"No otter's going to get my fish" 8/16/15
Young great blue heron
Young great blue heron

A new lens arrived today and this was one of the first photos I took.  A juvenile great blue heron hopping through a swamp looking for supper.  9/21/15

Great blue heron bluffing another gb heron trying to horn in on its fishing grounds.  9/15/15
Great blue heron bluffing another gb heron trying to horn in on its fishing grounds. 9/15/15
GB Heron on its take off…… can't resist taking pictures of these fabulous birds. 9/15/15
GB Heron on its take off…… can't resist taking pictures of these fabulous birds. 9/15/15
"UFO incoming"
"UFO incoming"

This great blue heron just glides silently to a landing.  One landed 15 feet from me a few weeks ago and I never heard it coming in until it dropped right beside me.  I don't know who was more surprised, me or the heron!   9/15/15

Wheres Waldo?  test your eyes !
Wheres Waldo? test your eyes !

Can you spot the great blue heron, great egret, green heron and otter in this photo?  8/22/15

  A great egret preens on top of a beaver lodge where he can see the pond while preening.  8/22/15

A great egret preens on top of a beaver lodge where he can see the pond while preening.  8/22/15

My handsome buddy Gwaark!  the great blue heron has another fish for breakfast today.  8/22/15
My handsome buddy Gwaark! the great blue heron has another fish for breakfast today. 8/22/15
Great egret
Great egret

A great egret shines like a pearl in the first morning sunlight.  9/4/15

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

A juvenile great blue heron spent 25 minutes chasing minnows in a small pond that was made at Quabbin by low water. Here are a couple of photos.  9/28/15

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

A second shot of the same gb heron catching minnows.  9/28/15

Full adult great blue heron comes in for a landing with a wing span of 7 feet.
Full adult great blue heron comes in for a landing with a wing span of 7 feet.
  I caught this dispute over fishing rights this morning between 2 green herons, obviously one lost !  9/3/16

I caught this dispute over fishing rights this morning between 2 green herons, obviously one lost !  9/3/16

  I spent the day with about 30 to 40 great egrets in south western MA.  These birds are great to watch and wander in the late summer after nesting season ends for them.  9/1/16

I spent the day with about 30 to 40 great egrets in south western MA.  These birds are great to watch and wander in the late summer after nesting season ends for them.  9/1/16

  Another great egret coming in for a landing.  9/1/16

Another great egret coming in for a landing.  9/1/16

  Bingo..... lunch for this great egret.  9/1/16

Bingo..... lunch for this great egret.  9/1/16

   This green heron was setting right in a swamp on the side of the road I drove by this afternoon. I shot this out the window of my car with a Nikon 80-400mm f4.5 and my D810...sometimes its to easy !!

This green heron was setting right in a swamp on the side of the road I drove by this afternoon. I shot this out the window of my car with a Nikon 80-400mm f4.5 and my D810...sometimes its to easy !!

   This crack of dawn great blue heron came gliding into the swamp as the sun was just starting to come thru the trees..... the best time of day!  8/30/16

This crack of dawn great blue heron came gliding into the swamp as the sun was just starting to come thru the trees..... the best time of day!  8/30/16

  another green heron makes breakfast appears !!  

another green heron makes breakfast appears !!  

  " It must be the water in this pond"......      (green heron and female belted kingfisher)  8/27/16

" It must be the water in this pond"......

 (green heron and female belted kingfisher)  8/27/16

  I waited 5 hours for this green heron to land on this stump and start fishing !  8/27/15

I waited 5 hours for this green heron to land on this stump and start fishing !  8/27/15

  The look on this great blue heron's face as this green heron buzzes him just cracked me up when I saw it on my computer screen !!  8/27/16

The look on this great blue heron's face as this green heron buzzes him just cracked me up when I saw it on my computer screen !!  8/27/16

  A green heron has a nice catfish for breakfast.  9/4/16

A green heron has a nice catfish for breakfast.  9/4/16

  I looked up just in time to catch this green heron coming in for a landing on this rock in front of me just in time to swivel the camera around on my tripod and catch him about to open his wings..  these guys crack me up !  9/10/16

I looked up just in time to catch this green heron coming in for a landing on this rock in front of me just in time to swivel the camera around on my tripod and catch him about to open his wings..  these guys crack me up !  9/10/16

  Another smashing green heron day !  This young one was thinking Olympics !  9/8/16

Another smashing green heron day !  This young one was thinking Olympics !  9/8/16

Here is a video I took of a Great egret feeding in the rain at Fannie Stebbins wildlife area. East Longmeadow MA
  A great blue heron snaps up a fish along the shore of Quabbin early this morning.  It was in a small pond along the shore that had some stranded fish in it because of the low water.  8/11/16

A great blue heron snaps up a fish along the shore of Quabbin early this morning.  It was in a small pond along the shore that had some stranded fish in it because of the low water.  8/11/16

  The last juvenile green heron sits above a beaver lodge in this mornings fog wondering if he should head south on a journey he has never taken and must use his instincts, or hang around for a while as his 2 buddies have left within the last 2 days.  9/16/16 !  

The last juvenile green heron sits above a beaver lodge in this mornings fog wondering if he should head south on a journey he has never taken and must use his instincts, or hang around for a while as his 2 buddies have left within the last 2 days.  9/16/16 !  

  Im going to miss these goofy guys when they head out for the winter.  This great blue heron got a salad with his catfish !  9/18/16

Im going to miss these goofy guys when they head out for the winter.  This great blue heron got a salad with his catfish !  9/18/16

  A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17

A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17

  "Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"

"Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"

  And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17

And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17

  Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17

Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17

  I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17

I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17

Dinners here !
"Anyone see a heron around here ?"
"Has anyone seen an otter around here?"
A very wet great blue heron
An early fall, early morning sun landing in the swamp
  A young great blue heron puffs himself up to look bigger to another heron as he defends his fishing yards.
Lunch is served
  Another green heron fishing for breakfast at a Quabbin watershed swamp....8/29/16
Great blue herons strikes like lightning when the time is right
"Did I catch it?"
Success  !!  A large bullhead for lunch!
YAY !!   happy heron !
Down the hatch
  A juvenile green heron is watching the world go by in a hollowed out stump.  8/25/16
Hours and hours preening
More Preening…..
Another day, another fish !
urghh  come outta there …...
GB heron with lunch !
  Young of the year great blue herons are leaving their nests and starting to show up in the local swamps, ponds and waterways. Here is a young one I found fishing today in Petersham.  7/19/16.
Great blue heron
Great blue heron chicks awaiting dinner.  Quabbin watershed.  6/24/15
  A young great blue heron probably fledged within the last 3 week to a month came wading right by me today.  I couldn't resist its antics.  7/18/16
Another meal is delivered.
"LOOK,  Ma's home with dinner !!"
Hop along !
Air miles ?
Drop in for lunch some time !
My best buddy in action again today.
And…..LUNCH  !
Great blue heron coming in to land. 7/25/15
  "Dads here with lunch !"    Two of three great blue heron chicks are greeting dinner from one of their parents landing. The third chick has already left the nest.  I suspect these 2 will be gone from the nest within a week.  6/29/16
Yum yum,  fresh fish !  A great blue heron strikes out at a fish from a good fishing stump.  7/25/15
Dive bomber !!
Another day, another fish!
  A great blue heron attends to its feathers in the early morning sunlight.  They spend hours on feather repair and maintenance.  6/6/16
Osprey imitation!
and Im heading out !
And off he goes with his fish in his beak. They alway like to eat on solid ground if its a large prey item.
"come outta there"
My buddy Gwarkk!
  This great blue heron stabs at breakfast.  The water in the beaver ponds is slowly dropping and its making great fishing grounds for these guys.....  6/2/16
Green heron
Early morning stretches and telling the fish to line up !
   Ive been watching these herons from a far distance once a week for the last month or so because I knew there were eggs they were incubating and herons will move at the drop of a pin. Today I hiked in, crept up to where I could see through the trees and there they were ! 3 scruffy little great blue herons...
Who me ?
Great Blue  Herons
4/26/15
Great egrets are seen in late August as young ones roam about. They do not nest at the Quabbin.
  A great egret stretches his wings after preening.   8/18/15    
Great egret
A great egret strikes again !
Great egret
A green heron with his fish
  You best be careful waving your fish around when a family of otters are swimming around the pond!  8/16/15
Here he is head first after a fish right off the stump.  8/16/15
yay…gotcha !
"No otter's going to get my fish"   8/16/15
Young great blue heron
Great blue heron bluffing another gb heron trying to horn in on its fishing grounds.  9/15/15
GB Heron on its take off…… can't resist taking pictures of these fabulous birds. 9/15/15
"UFO incoming"
Wheres Waldo?  test your eyes !
  A great egret preens on top of a beaver lodge where he can see the pond while preening.  8/22/15
My handsome buddy Gwaark!  the great blue heron has another fish for breakfast today.  8/22/15
Great egret
Great blue heron
Great blue heron
Full adult great blue heron comes in for a landing with a wing span of 7 feet.
  I caught this dispute over fishing rights this morning between 2 green herons, obviously one lost !  9/3/16
  I spent the day with about 30 to 40 great egrets in south western MA.  These birds are great to watch and wander in the late summer after nesting season ends for them.  9/1/16
  Another great egret coming in for a landing.  9/1/16
  Bingo..... lunch for this great egret.  9/1/16
   This green heron was setting right in a swamp on the side of the road I drove by this afternoon. I shot this out the window of my car with a Nikon 80-400mm f4.5 and my D810...sometimes its to easy !!
   This crack of dawn great blue heron came gliding into the swamp as the sun was just starting to come thru the trees..... the best time of day!  8/30/16
  another green heron makes breakfast appears !!  
  " It must be the water in this pond"......      (green heron and female belted kingfisher)  8/27/16
  I waited 5 hours for this green heron to land on this stump and start fishing !  8/27/15
  The look on this great blue heron's face as this green heron buzzes him just cracked me up when I saw it on my computer screen !!  8/27/16
  A green heron has a nice catfish for breakfast.  9/4/16
  I looked up just in time to catch this green heron coming in for a landing on this rock in front of me just in time to swivel the camera around on my tripod and catch him about to open his wings..  these guys crack me up !  9/10/16
  Another smashing green heron day !  This young one was thinking Olympics !  9/8/16
Here is a video I took of a Great egret feeding in the rain at Fannie Stebbins wildlife area. East Longmeadow MA
  A great blue heron snaps up a fish along the shore of Quabbin early this morning.  It was in a small pond along the shore that had some stranded fish in it because of the low water.  8/11/16
  The last juvenile green heron sits above a beaver lodge in this mornings fog wondering if he should head south on a journey he has never taken and must use his instincts, or hang around for a while as his 2 buddies have left within the last 2 days.  9/16/16 !  
  Im going to miss these goofy guys when they head out for the winter.  This great blue heron got a salad with his catfish !  9/18/16
  A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17
  "Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"
  And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17
  Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17
  I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17
Dinners here !

I love great blue herons. Here in the north Quabbin area there are loads of them. But finding a nest you can watch can be tricky some years.  Enjoy the photos I've taken over the past few years of these great birds.

"Anyone see a heron around here ?"

I was photo bombed today by an otter family while taking pictures of this great blue heron fishing.  7/8/15

"Has anyone seen an otter around here?"
A very wet great blue heron

One day I saw this heron sitting there on his fishing grounds in the pouring rain. I watched as it just poured and he just sat there looking about for a meal. I don't know who get wetter, him of I ?

An early fall, early morning sun landing in the swamp

A young great blue heron puffs himself up to look bigger to another heron as he defends his fishing yards.

Lunch is served

A great blue heron can stand at attention like a stone for many minutes at a time after spotting a frog, snake, minnow or large bullhead as you will see in a few frames.

Another green heron fishing for breakfast at a Quabbin watershed swamp....8/29/16

Great blue herons strikes like lightning when the time is right

After watching and waiting for the right time it strikes.  A great blue heron diving after a catfish. 

"Did I catch it?"

Here he is coming out with a fish….

Success !! A large bullhead for lunch!
YAY !! happy heron !
Down the hatch

After stabbing and it many times he swallowed it on one gulp.   He looks like he is wondering if it was the right decision !!  6/20/15

A juvenile green heron is watching the world go by in a hollowed out stump.  8/25/16

Hours and hours preening

A great blue heron takes a break from fishing for breakfast to preen. They spend hours and hours preening each day.  Sometimes after each dive.   Quabbin watershed.  6/25/15

More Preening…..
Another day, another fish !
urghh come outta there …...
GB heron with lunch !

I watched this great blue heron stalk and catch a big catfish.  Here he has it in his beak with weeds after he grabbed it at his feet. 6/20/15

Young of the year great blue herons are leaving their nests and starting to show up in the local swamps, ponds and waterways. Here is a young one I found fishing today in Petersham.  7/19/16.

Great blue heron

I've been watching this injured heron all spring/summer.  Today I was able to see monofiliment fishing ling wrapped around his leg and cutting into his skin. I fear this will do him in although as you can see here he is still eating like a hog !!  8/16/15

Great blue heron chicks awaiting dinner. Quabbin watershed. 6/24/15

A young great blue heron probably fledged within the last 3 week to a month came wading right by me today.  I couldn't resist its antics.  7/18/16

Another meal is delivered.

As the chicks grow and get older the meals slow down coming to the chicks.

"LOOK, Ma's home with dinner !!"

Great blue heron chicks getting fed.  Quabbin Reservoir watershed.  6/24/15

Hop along !

He hops from mud patch to mud patch looking for fish, frogs, snakes and anything else that might make a good meal.  Quabbin watershed.  6/23/15

Air miles ?

This is better than hopping about in a marsh when your a great blue heron !  Quabbin watershed.  

Drop in for lunch some time !
My best buddy in action again today.

I've had more fun watching this great blue heron this spring/summer ! He's very photogenic and a real clown.  He's always glad to see me :)

 

And…..LUNCH !

The same heron strikes a nice frog for a snack right in front of me.  I though we were buddies but he didn't offer me any. 

Great blue heron coming in to land. 7/25/15

"Dads here with lunch !"    Two of three great blue heron chicks are greeting dinner from one of their parents landing. The third chick has already left the nest.  I suspect these 2 will be gone from the nest within a week.  6/29/16

Yum yum, fresh fish ! A great blue heron strikes out at a fish from a good fishing stump. 7/25/15
Dive bomber !!

This great blue heron jumped from near the top of a pine tree about 150 feet up to the shore of a beaver pond at Quabbin.  Or maybe he thought he was a peregrine falcon ?  7/23/15

Another day, another fish!

Ive seen this heron take a ton of fish and frogs this summer.  I figured out his best fishing spots and he has gotten used to me  taking pictures (I think?……)   7/28/15

A great blue heron attends to its feathers in the early morning sunlight.  They spend hours on feather repair and maintenance.  6/6/16

Osprey imitation!

This heron jumped right into the water head first from this stump right in front or me today.  I don't know who was more surprised, me or him !    7/28/15

and Im heading out !
And off he goes with his fish in his beak. They alway like to eat on solid ground if its a large prey item.
"come outta there"
My buddy Gwarkk!

Here is my pal GwarKK! with his catch of the day.  These great blue herons are amazing birds and a ton of fun to watch.  Ive spent hours and hours watching and photographing this guy.  I know where his favorite fishing stumps are and all I have to do is wait!   8/1/15

This great blue heron stabs at breakfast.  The water in the beaver ponds is slowly dropping and its making great fishing grounds for these guys.....  6/2/16

Green heron

Green herons are starting to wander about after raising their families as are the great blues. This guy showed up with a couple others at the beaver pond a few weeks ago and today was the first time I actually got good photos.  8/2/15

Early morning stretches and telling the fish to line up !

Ive been watching these herons from a far distance once a week for the last month or so because I knew there were eggs they were incubating and herons will move at the drop of a pin. Today I hiked in, crept up to where I could see through the trees and there they were ! 3 scruffy little great blue herons...

Who me ?

All herons are very alert birds and this one was no exception. They can raise their crest at will.  8/2/15

Great Blue Herons

Changing of the guard….. 4/26/15

4/26/15

 "Lucy, Im home"  GB herons investigating an old nest possibility for use as a new one.  4/26/15

Great egrets are seen in late August as young ones roam about. They do not nest at the Quabbin.

A great egret stretches his wings after preening.   8/18/15

 

Great egret

Wonderful birds !  I look forward to seeing them when they start wandering around Quabbin in August. With some luck you can see them off of the lower end of the gate 35 road in the large phragmites patch north of Mt L.  8/16/15

A great egret strikes again !
Great egret

Great egrets are beautiful birds that show up in August every year around the Quabbin area.  They can be found along the CT River also.  They are easy to see because they are pure white with black legs. Snowy egrets look the same except they have yellow legs.  8/16/15

A green heron with his fish

A cousin of the GB herons these little guys sure are great fish/frog catchers.  They also have the patience of a rock when it comes to hunting for lunch. 8/16/15

You best be careful waving your fish around when a family of otters are swimming around the pond!  8/16/15

Here he is head first after a fish right off the stump. 8/16/15
yay…gotcha !
"No otter's going to get my fish" 8/16/15
Young great blue heron

A new lens arrived today and this was one of the first photos I took.  A juvenile great blue heron hopping through a swamp looking for supper.  9/21/15

Great blue heron bluffing another gb heron trying to horn in on its fishing grounds. 9/15/15
GB Heron on its take off…… can't resist taking pictures of these fabulous birds. 9/15/15
"UFO incoming"

This great blue heron just glides silently to a landing.  One landed 15 feet from me a few weeks ago and I never heard it coming in until it dropped right beside me.  I don't know who was more surprised, me or the heron!   9/15/15

Wheres Waldo? test your eyes !

Can you spot the great blue heron, great egret, green heron and otter in this photo?  8/22/15

A great egret preens on top of a beaver lodge where he can see the pond while preening.  8/22/15

My handsome buddy Gwaark! the great blue heron has another fish for breakfast today. 8/22/15
Great egret

A great egret shines like a pearl in the first morning sunlight.  9/4/15

Great blue heron

A juvenile great blue heron spent 25 minutes chasing minnows in a small pond that was made at Quabbin by low water. Here are a couple of photos.  9/28/15

Great blue heron

A second shot of the same gb heron catching minnows.  9/28/15

Full adult great blue heron comes in for a landing with a wing span of 7 feet.

I caught this dispute over fishing rights this morning between 2 green herons, obviously one lost !  9/3/16

I spent the day with about 30 to 40 great egrets in south western MA.  These birds are great to watch and wander in the late summer after nesting season ends for them.  9/1/16

Another great egret coming in for a landing.  9/1/16

Bingo..... lunch for this great egret.  9/1/16

This green heron was setting right in a swamp on the side of the road I drove by this afternoon. I shot this out the window of my car with a Nikon 80-400mm f4.5 and my D810...sometimes its to easy !!

This crack of dawn great blue heron came gliding into the swamp as the sun was just starting to come thru the trees..... the best time of day!  8/30/16

another green heron makes breakfast appears !!  

" It must be the water in this pond"......

 (green heron and female belted kingfisher)  8/27/16

I waited 5 hours for this green heron to land on this stump and start fishing !  8/27/15

The look on this great blue heron's face as this green heron buzzes him just cracked me up when I saw it on my computer screen !!  8/27/16

A green heron has a nice catfish for breakfast.  9/4/16

I looked up just in time to catch this green heron coming in for a landing on this rock in front of me just in time to swivel the camera around on my tripod and catch him about to open his wings..  these guys crack me up !  9/10/16

Another smashing green heron day !  This young one was thinking Olympics !  9/8/16

Here is a video I took of a Great egret feeding in the rain at Fannie Stebbins wildlife area. East Longmeadow MA

A great blue heron snaps up a fish along the shore of Quabbin early this morning.  It was in a small pond along the shore that had some stranded fish in it because of the low water.  8/11/16

The last juvenile green heron sits above a beaver lodge in this mornings fog wondering if he should head south on a journey he has never taken and must use his instincts, or hang around for a while as his 2 buddies have left within the last 2 days.  9/16/16 !  

Im going to miss these goofy guys when they head out for the winter.  This great blue heron got a salad with his catfish !  9/18/16

A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17

"Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"

And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17

Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17

I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17

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