Most of us have, at some time, been hit by bird poop released in mid-air. Well, we can be thankful that excreta didn’t come from a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias): as these photos by Stephen Barnard show, that bird really lets go when it’s flying. If you ignore the scatalogical aspects, these photos really are quite beautiful. Stephen’s remarks:
This is why Great Blue Herons are sometimes called shitepokes. Right after I took these photos I saw a trout with a fresh heron wound.
When I wrote the photographer that I thought the photos were “lovely,” he responded with this note and sent another nice photo:
Lovely isn’t the word I’d use, but remarkable in a way. Some comments I’ve gotten on Facebook are “skywriting in Arabic (right to left)” and “pooparazzi shot”. If you pick just one photo I suggest the second one. It got more “likes” on Facebook Birders than anything else I’ve posted. By the way, the Facebook Birders and the Wildlife Photography Facebook groups have some great photos, and lots of them. You might check them out. The combination of digital photography and the internet have made possible a golden age of photo sharing.
Here’s a nice photo of a Song Sparrow [Melospiza melodia] the same morning.