Good Day. Happy Tuesday!
No photography yesterday. Straight to work and straight home. There were lots of geese at the Duck Pond but having taken over 2,000 images of birds over the weekend (over half of which I have not yet looked at), I didn’t see any point to adding another bunch. 🙂
I will tell you that today’s post is all about the Blue Heron. If you have a squeamish stomach or do not like to see wildlife at its true reality then you probably shouldn’t go any further. Just enjoy the nice image above and then hit the back button. Okay perhaps I’m being a little melodramatic but some people don’t like to see one species eat another species.
At one point Sunday afternoon there were about a dozen Blue Heron standing around the edge of the ice sticking their head in the water and coming out with a fish. Not much work and no walking around or being stealthy. Just poked their head in the water and bamn another fish. I watched this Heron devour three fish in less than ten minutes. The last fish he caught and ate was three times the size of this one.
It was so much fun. I’d be concentrating on one event and Jeanne would be telling me about another group of birds doing something. At one point a couple of these Herons tried walking on the ice and it was hysterical. They were like drunken sailors. Their long legs were go out from under them in different directions and they would try to balance themselves with their big wings. I have some images of that I’ll share at another time.
Finally the last bite and the next frame the fish was gone. After awhile I decided to put the Phantom in the air and see if I could get some up close and personal images or video of some the birds. There are a lot (I mean a lot) of power lines around the Basin. I first had to find a place where I could take off and gain some altitude to clear the wires.
The video below is very short. It’s a terrible video. There was too much wind to fly and I could see where I was flying. At one point I got very close to the ice and thought I was filming an eagle but when I went to edit the video I discovered I had my camera pointed straight down at the ice. About the only thing this video is good for is to show those folks who have not see the Basin some of the make up of it.
No music with this video. It basically sucks but again if you don’t know what the Basin is it will at least show you what it looks like. That and it’s only a little over two minutes.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy the wildlife images. Lots more to share.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.