Herons, Herons, Herons!

There is a larger variety of wildfowl here than almost anywhere else on earth!”

That is a bit of an exaggeration, but sitting for a couple of hours at the head of Wilde Lake in Columbia Md. one can begin to think it is true. And as a bonus I usually find fellow photographers, most of whom have better eyesight and can spot an incoming bird a good distance off. Take a couple of days ago,4gh-turules_9426
Great Blue Herons spend the afternoon fishing, sometimes they get into a territorial dispute with other Great Blues. Today’s Great Blue did it’s fishing in the shade of the shore growth, but most of the time it is out in the open.

Later, after the Great Blue left the scene, two more herons made their appearance. First came a Green Heron, followed by a birdwatcher in a kayak,

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But his attention strayed a bit as the Green Heron left it’s parch. He was intent on watching a Black Crown Night Heron that was arriving on the scene, landing high in the branches of a nearby tree.

Days like this are not quite the norm, but they are far far from rare, and make all the photographers glad they keep the camera’s batteries charged, and have empty memory cards. Yes, I have made the mistake of leaving my memory home in the computer – memory card that is.

Tough life, but somebody has to be there.


About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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