When I was a kid the English countryside was going through what has come to be called The Locust Years. While applied especially to Ancient Woodlands, the locusts of development were eating their way through natural habitats at an alarming rate. Woodlands, old pasture, hedgerows and wetlands were all disappearing. And of course the plants and animals that depended on them were disappearing too.
During that time seeing any large predator was a bit of a thrill, especially to somebody living in the rather genteel backwards of Somerset. I think this is why I have such a fondness for Grey Herons. Although not rare in any sense of the word, seeing one (or more) was always a good thing. It was often a highlight. Today, their populations have recovered somewhat (thankfully), but I was still pleased to see some when I was back in the UK last year.
Now its turn for a 21st Century activity - WBW! Click on the blue button below and off you go!
i like how your herons are just a bit lighter than our great blues, here. love these pterodactyls. :)ReplyDelete
Wonderful captures of a beautiful bird!! Always enjoy seeing them on your blog!! Thanks for sharing, Stewart, as always!!ReplyDelete
Our great blue herons are common but always fun to see. Glad yours are making a come back.ReplyDelete
I love the herons too! They are so beautiful. Great shots! Thank you for hosting WBW. Have a great week ahead!ReplyDelete
Lovely to see the same birds as we see here and saw in Tanzania. They're such still birds and always make good photo ops. I'll link to your post tomorrow (Wednesday) Greetings JoReplyDelete
Glad the grey herons are making a come-back! Beautiful photos!ReplyDelete
gorgeous creatures :)ReplyDelete
Nice heron photos!ReplyDelete
I have a pair of Great Blue Herons that , though I have never been able to find where they nest, fly by my house every morning and back every eveing after a day of fishing in the channel. They often stop and poop on my neighbors boat lift cover then go on as if there was nothing to be concerned about. Fortunately my neighbors love them too so they just get out the hose and clean it up. They have their moments of grace, but are mostly awkward and gawky. As for fishing, they are awesome spear fisherman ... none better. I assume yours are the same, though a bit lighter and possibly smaller. Love your pictures, Stewart :)ReplyDelete
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Beautiful sereis of Heronshots Stewart and thanks for hosting.ReplyDelete
Stewart, the first time I saw one, it had it's back to me and head down. Peering through the brush, it looked like the shoulders of a man!!! I have loved them ever since...great shots!!...:)JPReplyDelete
Sadly, humans don't seem to learn from other area's experiences. Greed is very powerful in the Greater Toronto Area, I'm afraid. Luckily a few groups have been wise enough to purchase land that developers cannot get their hands on!ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots, Stewart. The Grey Herons are fine-looking birds.ReplyDelete
The heron looks like it was just wading around for you.ReplyDelete
Really nice shots!
Herons are one of my favorites and this one looks a lot like our Great Blue. Nice shots!ReplyDelete
I don't know that I've ever seen a grey Heron..We have a lot of Blues...Wonderful pictures..You never disappoint..We had a very bad locust infestation many years ago..Entire hillsides of trees were stripped bare.."The seven year Locust"..ReplyDelete
Your photos of the heron are outstanding Stewart and I am so glad to hear they have recovered in numbers.ReplyDelete
I live near a (man made)country park so I see herons quite often. My neighbour doesn't like them though as he keeps koi carp and the herons see them as an easy meal!ReplyDelete
Very nice story about what was happening in the UK. It still sounds like they are doing this around their area. Badger culls etc. Herons are like dinosaurs!ReplyDelete
Beautiful birds and hopefully we have all learned to be more careful of out environment!ReplyDelete
I like Herons too. I have seen a Green and of course the Great blue---lots of them here bu I have never seen a grey. Nice shots.ReplyDelete
Beautiful series of images of the blue herons.ReplyDelete
Perfect photographed Stewart.
I love watching the Heron. As common as they are here now, I still find myself quite fascinated by them.ReplyDelete
Such a handsome bird. I love to watch them creep along.ReplyDelete
GBH make for the best photos because they do not move. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Always heart warming to see these guys. Of course ours is called Great Blue Heron. Gorgeous photos, love the reflections. Thanks for hosting this every Wednesday!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos! Your Grey Heron must be a close cousin to the Great Blue Heron we have here in the US.ReplyDelete
Our similar Great Blue Heron is also common, but I never miss a chance to photograph one. Its "prehistoric" appearance is impressive, and it contorts itself into an unlimited variety of shapes.ReplyDelete
Beautiful bird! We see great blue herons fairly often and each time I feel a sense of awe.ReplyDelete
What a pretty gray heron you have here. It's good news when endangered creatures numbers increase.ReplyDelete
Lovely shot of the heron!ReplyDelete
Our experiences are quite similar, Stewart. I grew up in central Florida and always had Great Blue Herons as fishing companions. I left the area for 20+ years and upon returning was saddened to see the results of our own "locusts of destruction". Fortunately, the large blue fisherman has adapted.ReplyDelete
Have great weekend - Wally
Oh, I love seeing your Heron photos! I saw one over the weekend (Great Blue Heron), but it was a long ways off. I took a couple record shots - not worth sharing.ReplyDelete
It looks very like our Great Blue, which is more often greyish. I wonder how the size compares. In any case they are beautiful birds and I would never tire of seeing them (as I never tire of seeing 'ours').ReplyDelete
I've mostly just seen Great Blue Herons, so It is great to see the Grey Heron, it looks big, I imagine it could eat a few locusts. I like the eye stripes. I made all the abundant grasshoppers in my lawn disappear after a couple of years of hunting them to feed to my chickens.ReplyDelete
Great photos against the dark sky.ReplyDelete
I don't think I've seen any around here, but then again, I'm not great with remembering any kind.