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Featured in The World As We See It Sept. 2010

Herons are remarkable not only for their patience but their resilience. These prehistoric birds were almost wiped out in North America. During the 19th century, hunters killed thousands for sport and for their prized plumage. Heron feathers adorned ladies hats and decorative military helmets. In 1900 an ounce of plumes brought $32. And it took four herons to produce an ounce of plumage. Millions of birds were slaughtered.

The death of so many herons prompted the creation of the Audubon Society, which lobbied successfully for legislation outlawing the killing of herons and egrets. Yet even more herons died during the 20th century, unwittingly poisoned by the popular pesticide DDT.

But since 1972, when DDT was banned, the blue heron has mounted a remarkable comeback, even though its wetland habitats have been diminishing. Herons have been able to adapt to new challenges because they have few predators (humans and eagles), and they are willing to eat just about anything. In addition to fish, great blue herons consume frogs, salamanders, crustaceans, small mammals, snakes, small birds, and even insects.

Photographed in the back bay marsh of Fenwick Island Delaware

Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens



The simple realization that time lost is lost forever, is one I find utterly frightening.

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  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 4 years ago

    Excellent,….Done so good,…

  • Always appreciated John, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Monte, love the mood here!

  • Thank you

    – Monte Morton

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoabout 4 years ago

    wonderful and warm to see. And you’re right patience and stillness pay off in the pursuit of a meal.

  • Thank you so much Phil…!

    – Monte Morton

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work, great composition, well done!

  • I appreciate that Denis

    – Monte Morton

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 4 years ago

    Great title for a great photo

  • Thanks for the kind comment, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...about 4 years ago

    Beautiful light.

  • Always appreciated Joe!!!

    – Monte Morton

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot awesome!!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Monte Morton

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture love the light and detail.

  • Thanks Karen

    – Monte Morton

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