Castaway Heron

Monte Morton

Joined September 2009

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I captured this Great Blue Heron on Octoraro Creek in Pennsylvania (USA) while stalking Amish. He was on this little rock in the middle of the creek looking like a castaway waiting for his rescue.

A hunched long-legged silhouette stands motionless and silent along a stream or shoreline. Easily identified by its large body, characteristic profile on the ground or in the air the great blue heron is a common sight near many wetlands, forests and estuaries in Dealware & Maryland. In flight the great blue heron slowly beats its 7-foot wingspan, head folded back on shoulders, long legs trailing behind. If startled it will emit a low-pitched squawk (heron squawk). Feeding by day or night but most active before dawn and dusk, sometimes still hunting and waiting for prey to come within striking distance of its long flexible neck and saber-like bill, or stalking prey in water or a field. The great blue heron is an opportunistic predator eating small fish, shellfish, insects, reptiles and amphibians and even small mammals and birds.

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

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