Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let Sleeping Turtles Lie

A Great Blue Heron encounters a turtle (actually two) on a log.
"Hmmmm. What to do? What to do?"

"Should I try to step over it?"

"Nah, easier to just fly."

"Whew! On the other side!"

"Free to continue my hunt."
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

120 comments:

Kate said...

The heron does not seem to be deterred in what it has planned to do that day. Carry on!

Nancy J said...

One step and he would have been there, super catches of them all, did you know before that the turtles would be out in the sun that day??

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Great and funny catch, Theresa :))
Have a beautiful day
【ツ】Knipsa

Margaret Adamson said...

Good move Mr Heron!

EG CameraGirl said...

I sure wouldn't want a turtle to snap at my toes! :)

magnoliasntea said...

We should all take the lesson and move on...lol.

Lynn said...

That's why God gave him wings:@)
PS-I see one of the Bubba's in the feeder in the 'you might also likes... Funny!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

No problem. He just moved to Plan B. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Tamago said...

It's nice of the Great Blue Heron not to step on the turtles :-)

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Turtles are tough nuts to crack !

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of this blue heron.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Oh, the stresses of being a heron!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely Heron, and the Turtles, lol.

eileeninmd said...

Cute series on the heron and turtles.. How much can a heron weigh? The turtle is tough! Have a happy day!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I lub em

Georgette Sullins said...

Good decision, Mr. Heron.

Kerri Farley said...

I've heard of snapping turtles taking down herons in ponds ....not sure if that's true or not.
Nice Series!

Pamela Gordon said...

Great captures! You are lucky to get so close to them. I find they are quite nervous birds if and when I do see them.

Sandra said...

smart bird... and I love the 'we have lift off' shot...

John's Island said...

Didn't want to get too close. Neat captures Tex!

DJan said...

I had to look for the second one, but it was there all right. Glad everybody managed to stay safe! I always enjoy your series like these. :-)

Dicky Bird said...

Smart bird...

bj said...

Looks like that long legged fella could have stepped over the sunning turtle...Guess the turtle had his bluff going on...:)

Julia said...

Well, I'm glad that he solved that problem. Haha. Great shots.
Have a great week. One day left in March... Can you believe...
Hugs,
JB

Molly The Wally said...

No fooling him. Now back to peace and quiet. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

handmade by amalia said...

Adorable. Rush hour in Texas?
Amalia
xo

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

These are fabulous. xo Laura

Jacquelineand.... said...

What great shots, and I love your captions!

Tanya Breese said...

haha he kind of made a production of it didn't he?!

Tanya Breese said...

haha he kind of made a production of it didn't he?!

ThreeOldKeys said...

TexWis, every day I am so glad I found you. Your photos are such a morning treat!

messymimi said...

Beautiful creatures, and they learn to deal with each other. Why can't people?

Giga said...

He looked and looked and did wisely, he flew to the other side. Regards.

SweetMarie said...

wow! great capture!! I think it's funny that he didn't just walk around. :)

laura.forestdreams:) said...

haha. cute.
decisions. decisions.

((now that little turtle looks clean theresa!! wait til you see the pic's i got this past weekend of the turtles in the river. GUNKY turtles!! haha))

Karen S. said...

He was so wise! Happy hunting Mr. Heron! Do carry on turtles!

joeh said...

Cool bird

Mildred said...

Great series of pics.

Ileana said...

:) Very nice pictures!

Sharon Wagner said...

When turtles attack. Ha!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

What a great shot in action. Lovely bird. Great shot flying over the turtle as he looks up.
Have a great day. CM

Cranberry Morning said...

Haha. Cute! Love all the wildlife you see on a daily basis.

Primitive Stars said...

LOL!!!!! Need a Heron crossing sign. Great pictures,Francine.

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous shots!

Liz said...

Love it!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I was excited to see your turtles, I think they are too cute!

Anvilcloud said...

Pretty funny, but I sometimes wish I could fly over things that I encounter -- at least metaphorically.

Mary Hone said...

They just needed some sunshine.

William Kendall said...

Very polite of the heron to let them be!

Farm Girl said...

That is a very nice shot of that Heron.

Jo said...

So glad you caught all that on camera! Hope you're having a great day. Jo

don said...

A fine series that a running narrative that helps give a sense of action between the two. This is a magnificent bird. You have such interesting encounters with birds!

Sylvia K said...

Fun, great shots as always and, as always, a great start for my day!!

Debbie said...

decisions, decisions!!! it must be hard, being a heron ;)

great shots, love the wing span!!!!

Paula said...

A cute entry!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I would have thought the heron would try to have a turtle lunch, but I guess fish are easier to catch

Debby Ray said...

Love these captions! I say smart bird!!

Nancy Chan said...

This is a cute post about the blue heron and 2 turtles.

Mary Kirkland said...

He had to get away from those big scary turtles.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

I wish I had a choice of stepping or flying.

Adam Jones said...

That made me chuckle.

Revrunner said...

Crowded beach these days.

Linda M. Carmean said...

Such a cute post! You captured the moment perfectly!

Halcyon said...

What a beautiful heron. They're one of my favorite birds and I love seeing them!

DIMI said...

Woderful images of the Heron and the Turtle,Tex!Great captures!
Dimi...

RedPat said...

Funny series of pics, Tex! ;-)

Nette Cecilia said...

Lovley photos ,Nette

Red said...

I don't think the heron should mess with the turtles

thewovenspoke said...

What a great series of photos of the heron and its antics. Beautiful1!

Chris Rohrer said...

If they were just a bit smaller, they'd be easy to swallow:P)

Findlay Wilde said...

I bet our Grey Herons would have a shock if they cam across a turtle!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Days of Our Lives at the pond.. very wise to fly over. But with those legs some nice high steppin' would have worked!

Stephanie said...

Great series on the turtles and the heron.

CountryMum said...

Love it!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I was wondering if the heron would try to eat them. They're pretty voracious!
~

Terry and Linda said...

I wondered if the bird was going to eat the turtles...nope, just hopped over them.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

Gosia k said...

I have never seen turtle in nature. Do they live long??

Stephen Hayes said...

Good thing that bird isn't hunting for turtles or this could have an unhappy ending.

The Queen Jester said...

I'm amazed the turtle didn't scurry for the water when it approached.

bailey-road.com said...

Nice series. The Heron's a beauty.

Mari said...

She remembered she has wings to fly and let other creatures be where thry were :)

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Nice shots that Heron !!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Such a polite heron to not disturb the turtles!

Janey and Co. said...

I suppose having turtle for lunch would have been too much work too!

sharon said...

I love to watch turtles sunning themselves. Life just passes them by.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Great pictures and the turtles just kept on sleeping.

Brian King said...

LOL! I'm surprised the turtles didn't take a dive!

Our photos said...

Nice ! Makes me smile !!

Cloudia said...

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Ms. A said...

Guess those turtles can consider that "Passover".

Montanagirl said...

Fun photos, Theresa - nice work!!

KB Bear said...

A wonderful series of photos! I rarely get to see those gorgeous birds. Thanks.

DeniseinVA said...

Smart heron, cute series of photos :)

Randy said...

Love the flight shot.

edenhills said...

How funny! Love that pretty bird.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I have noticed that older turtles do get ignored in terms of being attractive as food. I love your pictures of "Old Hank Heron's" cousin. Have a wonderful Wed.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Kind of that Great Blue Heron for not bothering those sun-bathing turtles!
Hugs,
Mariette

Carletta said...

I was prepared to see a turtle snapping. :)
Cute narrative!

Linda said...

I love seeing him fly!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Lovely.
It's so fun to see them in action.

Rita said...

Seems so funny that a heron would want to steer clear of turtles. :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Love your photos and captions! Great catch of the heron at liftoff!

Paul said...

Ha ha, let sleeping turtles lie, especially if they are of the snapping variety!

Really great subtitles to go with this series of pictures!

Christian Perrin said...

A stately bird, but I'd fly over the turtles too :)

Handmade in Israel said...

Such wonderful photos! Love how well you have captured the moment.

A Quiet Corner said...

Great series of photos!!!...:)JP

Mary Cromer said...

That was so sweet, and at first I was thinking, surely they cannot eat turtles...and then was happy to see the ending ;)

Gert said...

Oh, how fun! Love how you've captured him in action! And concern over that sweet little turtle...smile..

Lynne said...

Mr Turtle was probably saying, "thank goodness!"

Munir said...

You really know what they are thinking eh?

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Haha, I wondered if the blue heron try not to bother turtles or scared a bit being bothered p:-)

The other day, I could have a rare chance to capture a blue heron. Looking forward to post a couple days later♪

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Ida said...

That's funny how it didn't seem to know what to do about the turtles.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

We finally have open water, so should see turtles soon! I love them critters.

michaelswoodcraft said...

Nice!! I enjoy seeing the heron, you are lucky to have them stop at your pond!! you must have a lot of fish in the pond!

Fjällripan said...

Great photos! I find it so fascinating that you have turtles in your pond! :D

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Never let a turtle interfere with your dinner plans!

Small Kucing said...

The pattern on the wings looks like a running man

Rory Bore said...

oh my goodness, for a second there I had to think.. do herons eat turtles!! I was afraid of more than the wee things just being stepped on. thank goodness it ended well for all.

Kovács Miklós said...

As I see you had a nice visitor again.

CountryMouse said...

Glad to see Mr Heron didn't let turtles and a log get in the way. I am still sure it would have been easier to walk around.

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