great blue heron

F/6.3, 1/320, ISO 400.

Day 17 / 365

I feel bad for this heron, the lake is frozen. Imagine your refrigerator is empty and all the stores are closed.  😦

Interesting Fact:  Great blue herons have been known to choke to death by attempting to swallow fish too large for their long, S-shaped necks.  ( )


  1. Another great post. We have a duck pond in my old neighborhood and every once in awhile we see a Blue Heron On it. It feels like a good omen, a good luck sign. My g’kids and I get so excited to see him. I saw him in flight yesterday.

  2. great photo, I do have to ask about the heron’s leg, does the the heron have one leg tucked in or did you notice that it only had the one leg?

  3. It’s nice that you were able to catch the heron standing on just one leg

  4. Oh no! So, in addition to rescuing stray dogs, cats, baby hawks, possums, road-crossing turtles, I now have to keep an eye out for choking herons. How do you give the Heimlich to a heron, I wonder? (Disclaimer: probably not a good idea. Shore birds like this one can do a great deal of damage with their beaks. Please be cautious/aware of such when rescuing shore birds, etc. <–ex-wildlife volunteer)

  5. Oh, what’s really rad is that some guy has invented prosthetic for shore birds who have lost their legs. You can see them in action at Save Our Seabirds!

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