Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday #28

I was visiting one of my favorite lakes, Metson Lake in Golden Gate Park last week.  It is a small lake with it's usual duck, seagull and geese residents.  I was walking the perimeter and happened to spot this heron across the lake hiding behind some tall grass.  So, I made my way over to him.  I didn't want to get too close because I didn't want to scare him.  I got about 20 feet away and started snapping photos.

What was interesting is that he stood so still that for a minute I thought he wasn't even real :) then when I tried to get closer to him, he turned his head.  I have seen herons before but this one was just gorgeous and very tall. He just stood there gazing across the lake with his one foot up in his feathers.  I don't know that much about herons so I thought maybe he had an injury of some sort to his foot but someone told me that is how they rest.

In any case, this was a real treat for me to see this beautiful bird.  I must have spent at least 45 minutes watching him and when I left he was still in that same pose.







Metson Lake

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10 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the Gb heron!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful captures!

mick said...

Yes, gorgeous is the right word for that bird! Great photos.

Karen said...

Excellent!!

Jidhu Jose said...

excellent shots


Jacquelineand.... said...

Stunning! I love herons and your friend was right, that is how they rest.

Jackie said...

Wow this is so strange because the very same thing happened to me yesterday.

I drove down to the cove right down from our house and a heron just like this one flew in.

His behavior was just like you mention here with this one. I too was fascinated. They are gorgeous!

I took photos too. It was just too good to pass up. I think his coloring of gray-black and white is beautiful.

You got better shots than me. It was early early when I was out and the sun was not completely up.

Wow...awesome...I love it!

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful series of shots of one of my favorite subjects!

Stewart M said...

Herons are great birds - my last WBW was a very similar looking bird.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are gorgeous images of the Great Blue Herons!