Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Long-necked neighbors

No, not the over-the-fence peeping kind.  Just egrets and herons cohabitating at the pond.  They usually don't like being in close proximity to one another as one of them thinks it's THEIR fishing territory and tries to run the other off.
The Great Blue Heron was tucked into some shade, whereas the Great Egret was in full sun - hence the bright white glare of his plumage.
There.  Much easier for the eye to look at.
I guess he was miffed that I didn't appreciate his "brightness."
Or he wanted his own fishing spot, out from under the heron's watchful glare.

26 comments:

Joe said...

Nice shots. I love watching the Herons stalking their prey.

Feral Female said...

Lovely images. Herons are quite pretty aren`t they? We love to watch them fishing on the farm pond nearby in summer.

Allison said...

Calm and inviting. I shall stay and sit a spell.

Deb said...

they are so interesting looking....I love your pond...hope this cold weather doesn't freeze it again...we've gone from 40 to 19 already this morning....BBBRRRR

Judy said...

Living in Illinois the Great Blue Herons used to fly over our house. I miss that.

Deb said...

Herons are very graceful hunters and apparently quite territorial. I love watching wildlife! Nice pond you have.

Clint said...

Nice shots!

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

I agree with Allison - it is calm and inviting. I could also sit and look at them for a while!

The blue herons that come to our pond are quite smaller, but nevertheless as pretty!

Great pictures as always.
xoxo

Sharon said...

Nice pics!

cindy said...

Nice photos, the Blue Heron is a slow mover and a great bird to observe. We don't have many here however when you do see one it stands out in the crowd

wayside wanderer said...

Great shot of the two together. We have blue herons around here. They are so HUGE. It is amazing to me that they can fly.

Leovi said...

Great photos, which should be nice to live in the middle of nature and feel the thrill of being able to shoot these beautiful photos ... I love completely.

Canyon Girl said...

Having a pond is a good thing.--Inger

Trisha said...

I would love to live on a pond. Always some kind of action to view!

heyBJK said...

Cool, cool birds! Great photos!

Eyeliquor said...

I like that first picture, where that big log is seperating them both.

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

Nice shots:)

CountryDreaming said...

I love the graceful curving profiles of both the egret and heron in the first shot ...

Bob Bushell said...

Nice captures, I love them all.

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

The reflections are what drew my eye -- looks like you have open water again. :)

Farm Girl said...

I just love your long necked friends. I could sit and watch them all of the time.

Robin said...

Neato! I've never seen an egret. (yet)
See you have lots of turtles too!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

You sure got lots of turtles basking in the sun. We have Great Blue Heron's on our pond also. And, coincidentally, the little town we live in is called Heron. They are fun to watch when they're fishing.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That's a very special pair.Seeing one or the other is great,but both together is wonderful.
Ruth

Millie said...

Your birdies are so pretty!

Jennifer said...

Very Cool...

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