Friday, April 4, 2008

Hannibal's Heron



As I was walking the path to find the previously posted Barred Owl, I noticed a Great Blue Heron on the bank of the canal. I was taking some scenic photos of him when a couple walked past me. They stopped when they understood what I was focused on. I told them to go ahead, that I was done with the shot, and was waiting for the fly off shot. They continued on and passed the heron, coming within 8 feet of him. I was amazed he didn't take off. Herons of Illinois are very shy, so seeing this was highly unusual. I've never gotten within 25 feet of one, before it would spook.



I thought I would give it a shot and approached slowly. I took some shots, checked the settings, and stepped a few more...



I thought about sitting down and hanging out with him while he hopefully caught a fish, but my encroachment was too much. He flew to the other side of the canal...



When I walked down the path a bit, he flew back to his original spot. I was just 8-10 feet from him when I took the top photo. What a beautiful bird!

3 comments:

beckie said...

Heron are always a cause to stop and look when I am with my granddaughters. When driving, we always slow down when crossing bridges over the drainage ditches in our area. Several times we get to see one. I have always found them amazing.

JB's Big World said...

These are awesome shots! The one where the heron is taking off is amazing.
--JB

radio controlled helicopters said...

Heron is water bird as I know generally it show near the lake or water pond. I have also marked it eat water bugs and ants, etc.It looks really beautiful as your photos looks.