Friday, December 5, 2014

Stock-Still Stalker

I took quite a few shots of this Great Blue Heron in the pond one day, but they all looked exactly the same. He never moved (but I finally did.) :)




Linking to Weekend Reflections

110 comments:

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Very nice photos. These birds are interesting. John

magnoliasntea said...

Stealthy, eh. I could use that skill sometimes... ;)

eileeninmd said...

Funny, I saw some the past few days not moving.. They can be like statues.. Great shots, happy Friday!

messymimi said...

You've captured his amazing patience when fishing. No human i know could be that still for that long.

Molly TheWally said...

Funny we just saw ours out on the pond doing exactly the same thing...playing statues. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Dicky Bird said...

he looks like a beautiful statue

Margaret Adamson said...

They are masters at fishing and have got great patience

Terri Buster said...

They only move when they see me coming with the camera! LOL! Great shots!

Revrunner said...

I sometimes enjoy having a contest with these characters over who can still the longest. :-)

Jacquelineand.... said...

The closeups of his mad glare are quite eerie... He has a scary glary!

Lynn said...

Musta been looking for something:@)

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

That's nuts. With his legs like that he looks like froze in the middle of a walk!

DeniseinVA said...

Still as a statue :-)

MarkD60 said...

Snappy Title! I would have named it "Stock Still Stalker Silently Standing Seeking Sweet Slippery Supper" (a tiny fish)

Mersad said...

Herons are really beautiful birds, great shots!

DJan said...

Hope he got what he was looking for! :-)

William Kendall said...

I have always liked their patience. What a beautiful bird!

Sandra said...

they stand like this for hours, we have seen one stalking in the pond down the street, we drive by and come back and hour or two later and he is on the same spot in the same pose

Georgette Sullins said...

Beautiful, tall bird. Nice reflection. Waiting for dinner has to be strong motivation to be still.

Anvilcloud said...

Moving our feet and adjusting the focal length is what we should all do -- and mostly forget. :)

Linda Kay said...

What a graceful bird. I love when they pose on one foot ready to pounce.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Maybe he was meditating. And he's like REALLY good at it!

Barb said...

He was playing statues with you - you lost.

joeh said...

My fly fishing pal Roy stalks a stream just like these birds. It probably explains why he catches fish and I don't.

Cattails said...

Great shots.

Giga said...

Heron is beautiful and it's nice that you visited. Regards.

Marit Sønstebø said...

The herons are so beautiful!

Farm Girl said...

They always seem to be in some kind of trace.

Inger said...

I am glad I don't have to concentrate that much to get a meal. Their patience is amazing.

Marie Flutterby said...

lol That's why they make the perfect candidate for still photography. lol

The last time I took a few shots of them they wouldn't stand still long enough so I figure they were young ones with no patients. lol

Beautiful shots my friend!

Mary Hone said...

Ha was waiting for lunch to swim by.

Debbie said...

hehehe, don't you hate when they do that?? That's always the way with these big guys, egrets as well. I end up with 100 pictures that all look the same. They are really good though, close up with lots of detail!!

Birdman said...

Agreed. They are so patient. We can learn a lot studying the 'nature' of things. The Waiting Game...

Ruth Hiebert said...

Excellent pictures.

Stephanie Faris said...

How can they just stand like that and never move!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Very handsome. It is amazing how still herons can be.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

It's kind of creepy how long they can remain motionless.

Carola Bartz said...

Great Blue Herons are wonderful birds, but you're right, they seldom move... When I went to "my" lake recently I was looking for them, but I didn't see a single one.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

I think that he would be the perfect kind of model for me, because I'm always too slow getting the camera ready. That's why I never get a decent picture of a gull :D

【ツ】Knipsa

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

...patience...

Phil Slade said...

You're right Theresa. Herons are one of the very few bird species that I sometimes wish were more active as they can be like statues.

Susan said...

How do they do that? And they look so stern, but it's a beautiful bird!

don said...

A fine series on the Great Blue Heron. I thought it somewhat funny that he outlasted you with his "I'm not moving," routine.

Pom Pom said...

Wow! He is magnificent!

Paula said...

He is a beauty.

Chandra said...

The patience these guys have, eh?
Wonder if they use anti-gravity shoes :)
Have a Beautiful Day, Theresa.

Peace :)

EG CameraGirl said...

It truly is amazing how long they can stay perfectly still!

nookworm said...

He is sure honed in and patient! I love watching these birds in action.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Beautifully clicked !

Irma said...

Beautiful series of images of the heron.
Nice attitude as the heron hunting for fish.

Sylvia K said...

He is a patient fellow, isn't he!!! We could probably all learn a lesson or two from him! Great captures as always!!

Terry and Linda said...

The air is full of Canada Geese this morning...they have come to feed on the corn field next to our house (not ours the neighbors) I'm loving it!

Linda
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Leovi Leovi said...

Wonderful pictures, I love how you've managed to capture the beauty of this Great Blue Heron!

Justin Carfagnini said...

Great shots!!!!!! Love seeing those birds out stalking when I'm fishing.

Linda said...

Excellent shots! He looks very intent.

Malyss said...

Maybe this beautiful guy was practising yoga in the sun?.. :o)

Andrea Priebe said...

He's like one of those live manikins on the streets of some of our big cities (and I saw them in Zurich, as well). Very cool pictures Theresa and cool that he can stay that still for that long :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Fantastic series photoshoot.
Heron is photogenic.
Greetings.

Ms. A said...

I prefer my subjects to be still and even the still ones seem to be getting more difficult to shoot.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Heron, love it.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Heron, love it.

Robin Lamb said...

T, Oh dear, it looks very serious! I think they're naturally kind of grumpy! Never strike me as being happy birds!
Sorry I missed fences yesterday. A busy time of year!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Handsome fella! He looks very intent. Do you have fish in your pond?

Lindy

Helma said...

Lol .... blue heron wild so do not move. Apparently he had a fish on the purpose for which he was lurking. However beautiful pictures of this heron.

Filip Demuinck said...

It is the first time I see a heron with a blue head.

Greetings,
Filip

S. J. Qualls said...

They are beautiful!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi TWG .. amazing photos - herons are just brilliant birds .. love them - cheers Hilary

DIMI said...

I like Heron,Tex!They are so beautiful birds!Excellent shots!
Dimi...

Karen S. said...

So precious! I'm betting he was thinking- yes, photo shoot about me!

RedPat said...

Great shots of the elegant creature, Tex!

Gosia k said...

I like photos when did youy take your photos in the summer? I believe.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Maybe he thought if he didn't move, you wouldn't see him. :-)

Pantherka said...

Very beautiful images.
Have a nice weekend.

Michael Manning said...

Beautiful colors on this bird!

Catherine said...

He is so very beautiful. What a treat to see these beautiful birds. xo Catherine

Deanna said...

Almost like a statue...I wish all birds would be this still for a better chance at getting a good photo!! Great captures!!

bailey-road.com said...

Their patience and persistence is amazing. Good shots.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex....worth the move:) Hug B

Fun60 said...

You moved first so he won again.

Marie said...

Such patience! Great photos!

Stephen Hayes said...

Too bad you're not a sculptor; that heron can hold a pose for a long time.

Jan n Jer said...

Haha...they can stay still for so long makes you tired of waiting. Nice shot

Ron said...

All you have to do is try to get closer and they WILL move. LOL

Mary Kirkland said...

Such a pretty bird. Guess he was stalking some fish.

Our photos said...

Wow, like a statue !

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

TexWiscGirl: Whatcha doing?

Great Blue Heron: Waiting for Godot.
~

Red said...

You're right , he never moved... until some prey comes along and then he's like lightening.

Sally Crowe said...

Well, I'm glad you moved! He sure wasn't about to. Great shots, T. :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Great pix and a nice way to spend time....:)JP

Brian King said...

Yeah, those suckers are good at that! If you can outlast a heron when they're in their "trance", you've got more patience than most! Nice shots of one of my favorites!

Ugh. Word verification again. :-)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Surprised that you too say this in English. In Dutch we say: 'Sta stok stil!' Stand Stock Still... This Great Blue Heron literally DID.
Hugs,
Mariette

marshaleith said...

lovely shots of the heron who posed so nicely for you!

Michelle said...

Our pond dried up a few years ago. *sigh* I miss the wildlife it attracted. LOVE your photos!

Lois said...

I love seeing these gorgeous birds. They are very patient when hunting for their meal. Beautiful shots!

Felicia said...

He does look very intent.

Stephanie said...

Love these shots of the heron!

Nancy J said...

That must really be called "Stability" lovely reflections. Jean.

Paul said...

Nice pictures of this "VERY" focused Heron!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Beauty-full!! I always love your captures! -Tammy

DMS said...

I love just sitting and watching nature. These shots are beautiful. I always find each moment to be so different- even if they look the same. :)
~Jess

Randy said...

He looking like he is in deep concentration.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

You've got to look like an old snag rising up out of the water to catch dinner sometimes! Love his touches of blue. xo Karen

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

Great pictures, love the reflections

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Great photos of the elegant bird.
Love the reflections!

Rita said...

Patience, they name is heron. ;)

Cloudia said...

poseur!

Jeevan said...

great captures! he stand majestic

Debby@Just Breathe said...

He's a handsome fella!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I love the heron & cranes. Awesome captures, T.

Wally Jones said...

Very nice series!

I reckon if I had that kind of patience I could become a better fisherman.

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