Friday, April 20, 2018

Look Who's Squalking!

Harry the Heron is back!


Actually, he's been back for awhile. My first sighting was earlier this month. However, every time I had my camera with me, he was elsewhere. But a small detour on the way home from the dentist brought a sighting. I had the camera with me so I quickly parked and tried to follow him up and down the ditch. I almost missed him!


He was far from the footbridge and blended quite well with the environment.


I love a zoom!


He posed rather dutifully for awhile...


...and then he took off!


I never am ready when he starts to fly -- between digital delay and sometimes not having the camera on when he goes, I usually miss it. And he often goes the other direction! (Check out that wingspan!)


But today he was on sport-shoot and I followed him along! (Fuzzy pix -- it's hard to hit a moving target!)


I wasn't quite sure of his path, but hey, no complaints!


When Harry returns, it means spring really is here...


...no matter how brisk it is!

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41 comments:

I need orange said...

Good work! Nice shots. Capturing birds in the air is *hard*!!! :-)

Jean R. said...

You got some great shots! Aren't they a beautiful bird. I love watching blue heron...the way they stand fascinates me.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful! So happy you got some great shots of him!

Sami said...

So great you managed to catch the beautiful heron. As you say, hopefully Spring is on the way.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Harry is a cutie! Great pictures!

William Kendall said...

Excellent takes!

We have them here from spring to fall. I haven't seen any yet, but that doesn't mean they haven't come back yet.

David Gascoigne said...

A Great Blue Heron in flight really looks like something from our primordial past doesn’t it?

Marilyn Miller said...

I love, love when your Harry returns. That last capture with your camera is quite wonderful. Thanks for sharing Harry with us.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

I am in awe of your photography, Jeanie. You get the most beautiful shots. Have a wonderful weekend!

Rita C. said...

Well, he's as welcome as the daffodils in the ground! You got some great shots!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, wow, wow, what fantastic pics of Harry. My friend Harry visited me this afternoon, but he can't fly! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

bj said...

Oh, Jeanie...you got some awesome photos of your moving target...
and good to know he brings spring with him. I've not seen a blue bird or blue jay or robin here yet so not sure when spring will come sneaking in.

Lynne said...

What a catch . . .
I was liking zooming in on my iPad too . . .
That wing span flying right at you must take some steady hands . . .

Susie said...

I laughed about you trying to get shots. I do that too. But you did it...the shots are wonderful. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Red Rose Alley said...

Lovely pictures of the Heron, Jeanie. Now, is that the Blue Heron? It's such a grand bird, isn't it? A wonderful sight he must have been for you. : )

~Sheri

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Harry looks really good and so do your photos. VERY impressive. Great shots!

Iris Flavia said...

Of all doctors... though I have the best dentist in the world (I guess) I do not like to visit her!
Dutiful Harry is beautiful!
And yay for spring!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Happy Saturday Jeanie!
Great shots of this magnificent bird!

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie, I know how anxiously you watch a wait for Harry’s return every year and I’m so glad he’s back! I’m sure it makes spring official for you because he wouldn’t be coming if he knew cold would be around for any length of time. I think you got some great shots and I’m so happy Harry has made a safe return. Happy Spring Jeanie.........

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great captures of your Harry the Heron. It is nice to look forward to your Harry's return. I have been watching the herons flying around our yard and trees this morning. Enjoy your day and weekend!

eileeninmd said...

PS, thank you for linking up your post. It is much appreciated!

Pam Jackson said...

Great shots. I love to watch them take off and fly with such grace.

Bonnie said...

I know this was an exciting experience to watch your guy and get such great shots.

Glad your signal spring has arrived has performed for you. Can't wait to see more signs of spring for you. I know it has been a long winter. You are so good natured.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Nice job capturing your series of pics of the heron. They are just so beautiful.

shoreacres said...

I'm thrilled to know Harry's back. As you say, it's a sure sign of spring, and heaven knows you need a few sure signs at this point!

Betty Crow said...

Harry is a great name for him. There is a little pond on one of the back roads I travel. I often see a blue heron there, but usually he is already flying. There are lots of weeds and broken trees around the pond. He blends in too well. Nice actions shots!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jeanie, Harry is a beauty. Spring is here? I will take his word for it..Yeah, Happy Spring..xxoJudy Great pics, btw. I agree a zoom is a necessity.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! It really is a challenge to get one of these majestic birds in flight. What great photos! Happy to hear Spring has returned! Hugs, Diane

Victoria said...

Wow, you got some terrific shots, especially those of Harry in the air!

Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere said...

Beautiful photos! I asked Santa for a lens for Christmas, and he brought it, but I haven't tried it out yet. You've inspired me to get on it.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great photos Harry is beautiful. I know that your so happy that Spring is infally coming to your area. We had 88 degrees today - can you believe that.

Hugs,
Mary

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HARRY!!!!!! Welcome back, man! You give us hope that spring is not just a myth up here in the midwest, but that we CAN have a spring! Oh Jeanie, you must have been delighted to see him! We too have our resident creatures that when they come back, we jump for joy like kids. "Mrs. Robinson" the robin is back, flitting about from bush to bush in our garden, plotting her next real estate purchase to set up housekeeping. The flap of wings and blurrrrrr of wings in the air is invigorating. Keep on snapping those photos!

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, I know you welcomed Harry! He is very photogenic. Hopefully his return means spring for you. Wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend!

Art and Sand said...

Every spring the blue herons nest in the trees in our area. The choose trees about 60 to 100 feet tall and those baby squawk all day (and night) long. We have one of the tall trees on our lane and are so glad that the herons seems to prefer a tree 3 lanes over. It's a very loud metallic sound and it's bad enough from a distance. I can't imagine what it would do to your ears if it was so close.

Tammie Lee said...

Fun that you have your heron back.
They are impressive in size and fun to watch.
I saw one fly over the other day, just a glimpse and it was gone.

Sandra Cox said...

Loved your photo shoot, especially the first and last pic. What a great model and what a great photographer:)

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

It's wonderful that Harry is back and he's a great model. It's almost like you have an outdoor pet. Good thing you had the camera with you and could take these lovely pictures.

Wandering Wren said...

Harry does have a ginormous wingspan or is that your super duper zoom?
Happy days!
Wren x

Victoria Zigler said...

Glad Harry's back! :)

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

That is one big bird Jeanie. Be careful. I certainly wouldn't want to mess with him. I also dislike geese intensely because they always come after me.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Nice shots! He does have an impressive wing span. I am sooo glad that spring has finally arrived! The weather here has been beautiful this week!

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