Humbled Heron

Great Blue Herons are often observed attentively hunting at the edges and in the waters of the wetland near our home.

Loud, harsh calls often rattle the air when a heron ascends into flight with its massive wings spanned… beak piercing the air. I’ve taken many photographs during these times.

But, every now and then, one of these impressively large birds rises above the watershed floor to perch for a while upon the limb of a mature Douglas Fir. When that happens, massive conifer limbs and tree height combine to humble the giant Arden herodias.

Can you spot the Great Blue Heron high up on its tree branch platform? The bird’s size is actually humbled more than this photo reveals… there is a 150mm zoom advantage here. Magic happens in the remaining photos when the bird’s behavior, high above the wetland, is captured using full zoom.

It’s our turn to be humbled as we catch a glimpse of Heron behavior-

Methodical preening

Maintaining alertness of surroundings…

Photographed with my Nikon D500 with Tamron 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3 lens

Location: Glencoe Swale- Hillsboro, Oregon

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