As you can guess from the title of my blog, and my introductory post, if you read it, Great Blue Herons are one of my favorite birds and a key instigator in my enjoyment of bird watching. So it was a great joy this past weekend when I came across this heron that was busy feeding. I had joined the semi-monthly bird walk with our bird club at Newport New Park. We were just a few minutes into the first stop and it was turning out to be a pretty quite morning. We were a small group with a few new watchers who where discussing the differences between Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets. I wandered around the corner to get a better look at the reservoir to see if there was more to be seen; the egret discussion was being well handled already. Just beyond the tall grasses at the water's edge I saw this heron waiting patiently as only herons can. I like this particular picture where you can see the resting female Mallard to the right. There is a nice echo in how they are holding their heads.
As I waited the heron saw some food in the water and started trying to scare it up. The heron took several stabs at the poor prey, then whipped it around and dropped it only to start the cycle again.
By this time the rest of the group had caught up but the heron keep on working on it's breakfast.
I was able to zoom in on one of the pictures and see what it was trying to catch. We had thought it was a frog but it now looks like a large fishing lure. Glad he wasn't hurt by it.
Enjoy the other bird photographs at Tuesday's Tweets (also a Great Blue Heron; I didn't know until just now) and Wild Bird Wednesday.