Great Blue Heron In A Field Of Green And Purple

Friday, August 9, 2013,

Click on this pic. It looks better blown up. This is a Great Blue Heron that I came across while paddling in upstate New York. On Long Island, I get to see these birds on an almost daily basis, but to photograph one with such a bodacious background was a treat for me. I hope you enjoy it as well.  JK

Great Blue Surprised

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Great Blue Surprised

I was just as surprised to see this Great Blue Heron as he was to see me. Last Sunday was my first day back on the water. I came across this guy after only ten minutes on Carmans River. I hope that’s a good sign for the season. I was on the Carmans a total of three times this past week. It’s great being back on the water. I’ll post more shots soon. JK

Trigger Happy

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I went out for three hours in the morning yesterday. 808 pics, 500 of them in the first 31 minutes. I may be a little trigger happy. Maybe a lot. But I did have plenty to shoot. And, besides, what do I bring extra memory for?

The bird pictured above is a female Red-breasted Merganser. This is my best shot of a Merganser yet, not that it’s a particularly great shot. This past winter I photographed three couples from the shore but the shots were very distant and blurry. This lady was swimming along with a flock of Brant Geese, with no mate in sight. According to all of my field guides, Kaufman, National Geographic, Peterson, and Sibley, she should be well north of here. Apparently she reads different field guides than I do.

At my launch site there was a large mixed flock of Great and Snowy Egrets. I counted 35 birds. The majority of them dispersed as I put in but I came across them again just a little upriver on the west bank. This time I could count 41 birds. This guy admiring his reflection is a Snowy.

This is a close-up of a Great Egret in his breeding colors. Their faces are yellow during the rest of the year. This may be the greenest Great Egret I’ve ever seen. He was greener than any of the others I saw him with at the very least.

I went as far as Terrapin Station before heading back. This Diamondback Terrapin was sunning himself on one of the islands. I saw only two turtles the entire trip but I had to include this one because the chicks love terrapins.

On the return trip I came across the mixed flock of Great and Snowy Egrets again. This time there were some Black-crowned Night Herons and this Great Blue Heron as well. The Great Blues are very impressive birds.