Castaway Heron by Monte Morton

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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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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Monte. Love the simple background and the placement of the heron and reflection to right of center. Well done!

  • I appreciate it Aunt Dot, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Monte.

  • Many thanks Rosalie!!!

    – Monte Morton

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Always appreciated Larry

    – Monte Morton

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful composition and detail, Monte!

  • Thanks Monnie

    – Monte Morton

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 3 years ago

    Great comp & detail

  • I appreciate that Warren, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Ray

    – Monte Morton

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Please add country to this lovely image and re-submit to Mother Nature’s finest group, thanks.

  • Thanks Andrea

    – Monte Morton

  • Babcia
    Babciaabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much barbara

    – Monte Morton

  • CanyonWind
  • I thank you, always appreciated!

    – Monte Morton

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    A superb capture … congratulations on your feature !

  • Thank you Trish

    – Monte Morton

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