Readers’ wildlife photos

I leave my readers’ wildlife photos at home when traveling for fear I’ll lose the original emails. But yesterday I saw this by Stephen Barnard on Facebook and asked if I could use it.  As always, he said “yes”, and so we have, from Stephen’s ranch in Idaho, a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on the wing.


  1. Terry Sheldon
    Posted January 13, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Had a bit of a startle a few weeks back when a great blue heron flew across the road in front of my car…at an altitude of about six feet!

  2. philfinn7
    Posted January 13, 2019 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    As always from Stephen Barnard, a superb photo!

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 13, 2019 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    [ reaches in adjective bag ]
    [ looks at “gorgeous” ]

    Going with : gorgeous!

    Catching the heron in flight is challenging and makes a very interesting photo. The angle the wings make, the purposeful look of her (?) head – love it.

  4. Posted January 13, 2019 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Excellent photos from Stephen, as always.

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 13, 2019 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Nice one Stephen. These creatures have clever looking eyes.

  6. Posted January 13, 2019 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    great photo! Love a heron!

  7. Bruce Lyon
    Posted January 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous—almost looks like a painting, and I mean that in a good way in terms of light and color.

  8. Posted January 13, 2019 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments. It’s a slow time of the year here for photographing wildlife — little diversity and numbers, limited access due to snow, and usually poor light.

    I spook this heron nearly every day while walking my dogs. You’d think he’d get used to us. In Boise you almost have to kick them out of the way. In Boise the canada geese will literally attack you. Here, they’ll spook at the slightest provocation. Same with mallards, swans, kingfishers, and many other birds. Urban wildlife photographers have an advantage. 🙂

    • rickflick
      Posted January 13, 2019 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      I sense that disadvantage every day. I’m out a ways from Boise. Not as far as you are, of course, but far enough so that birds have learned to be skittish. Lot’s of hunting of ducks at this time of year. As counterintuitive as it sounds, I may have to make a trip to the city to get the best shots.

      • Posted January 14, 2019 at 12:13 am | Permalink

        Join the Idaho Birding Facebook group if you haven’t already. They’ll tell you where to go. 🙂 Wonderful group. Nice people.

        • rickflick
          Posted January 14, 2019 at 10:11 am | Permalink

          Thanks for the tip. I will join.
          I go birding with the South Idaho Birders Association. I’m finding the local hot spots. I’m hoping for some good pictures this spring.

  9. drawingbusiness
    Posted January 15, 2019 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Great shot. I like the fact you can see the kink in its neck as it starts to tuck its head back.

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