Immature Great Blue Heron by Leslie van de Ligt

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While fishing at the lake near Boyle, Alberta we came across this magnificent Blue Heron. He did not quite have all his adult markings and featherings but was beautiful to watch. It was thrilling to see him take off in a flurry of blue color as he realized the boat was too close for comfort..

Adult Description

  • Large, gray bird.
  • Long legs
  • Long, “S”-shaped neck.
  • Long, thick bill.
  • White crown stripe.
  • Black plume extending from behind eye to off the back of the neck.
  • Shaggy feathers on neck and back.
  • Bluish gray back, wings, and belly.
  • Reddish or gray neck.
  • White morph all white with pale legs, yellow bill

Rebel XSi Sigma DC 55-200mm Focal Length 200 mm

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thanks very much Scott, Appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture dear Leslie!
    BEAUTIFUL job……………… :))))

  • Many thanks Rosie. He was beautiful. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • paolo1955
    paolo1955over 5 years ago

    Great image, love the shot.

  • Thank you very much. I appreciate the comment:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Thank you so much Antanas :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sstarlightss
    sstarlightssover 5 years ago

    Such a great capture, Leslie! Wonderful. ;o)

  • I so appreciate your comment. Thank you. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Leslie, nice work

  • Many thanks Larry. I think they have left the lake now for the season. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 5 years ago

    My favorite bird….what a wonderful scene to come up on and be able to photograph. :)

  • Thank you so very much. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Oh what a glorious capture!!!!!!! Congratulations on this one!!!!!!! Lovely!!!

  • Thank you so very much Lois. How sweet of you!

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 5 years ago

    A very graceful image!!

  • Sitting in the moving boat, catching a moving target was no easy feat! Thank you:>))Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 5 years ago

    Great shot! I love these graceful birds with the huge wingspans.

  • Thanks Al!They are such beauties aren’t they. Thank you for stopping by. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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