Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Great Blue Heron mug shots...

Birding Longboat Key, Florida

...you know I can never resist a head-on shot. What a mug!

I don't think the colors in this photo are nearly as nice as those in Rick's photos (click here for that post), but they make great mug shots! ;-)

...could you look the other direction now Mr. Blue? Thank you.

This guy was incredible, and obviously soooo NOT from Ohio. He stood and posed and then posed some more. In Cincinnati, he would have squawked and flew off in mortal terror if I had even turned my head towards him at 100 feet. I found him next to my car in the parking lot at the Quick Point Nature Preserve. He almost seemed to greet me with a smile as I walked toward the car. After our photo shoot, I climbed in the car, and he was still standing there when I looked in the rear-view mirror when I left! I love Florida birds...

...am I dragging this Longboat Key trip out or what!! These photos are from back in April, but they're fun, so I thought I'd squeeze them in. For all the Longboat Key bird photos, click here.

30 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

LOVE those shots, Kelly!! Fabulous!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful shots of the Heron, Kelly... All I can think of when seeing that little guy are the ones who are drenched in oil out in the Gulf... SO SAD.

Check my blog if you have time. I have a request pertaining to a blog friend who has lost her husband (died suddenly at age 60).

Hugs,
Betsy

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Fantastic shots--what a personality he seems to have! The Florida birds (and people) would love to have you back for another visit.

elvira pajarola said...

SENSATIONAL...!
GORGEOUS photography of this majestic blue Heron......All this wonderful colours and the light in his yellow eyes.......!!!!
He looks just a little "serious" in the camera....?

ciao ciao elvira

Roy said...

That is one ugly mug Kelly.{:)

Montanagirl said...

Fabulous! I'm so jealous that you got that close. LOL. Wonderful, just terrific shots.

Ginnymo said...

Wow! Beautiful shots Kelly!!

Cindy said...

Wonderful photography. I especially love the last one, Sharon.

Susan W. said...

WOW! That is the most amazing shot of a GBH I've ever seen. Great capture!

Richard said...

Wonderful shots Kelly. I had to laugh at the first one...kind of reminded me of my first look in the mirror in the morning.

Andrew said...

Awesome photos! That first one is my favorite!

Claire M said...

Wow you take awesome photos! and you found a very cooperative model!

Robin said...

Great shots!! Especially that first one. A face only a mother...

Tammie Lee said...

Kelly! This is incredible. Amazing how close you were able to be!

Garden Lily said...

That first shot is striking - such an unusual angle for viewing a heron. Nice detail in all 3.

Elaine said...

Terrific portraits, Kelly! You gotta love birds that hang around for a photo shoot like that.

Kyna said...

That first photo is great. That what my husband looks like when he first wakes up in the morning :P

Out on the prairie said...

Laughed when I was on the Gulf in March how close I could get to the herons , where here in Iowa it is a hard shot.

grammie g said...

Standing aside """Grim Reeper""" I'm taking you place!!!

JKoenig said...

That "head-on" shot was something else....Do you suppose he was having a "bad-hair day?"

Those close ups are awesome.

HBFG said...

Really cool shots! Love them! :)

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Kelly.
Until you see a Heron head on, you don't realise what a fierce loking bird it is.
Love the photo's though.

Susan said...

kind of perfect for that bad hair day feeling! Our herons here are also way too wild to put up with humans...great shots as usual Kelly!

Jenny said...

Stonking shots Kelly. It's sooo nice when something co-operates for a change! Mind you, it's also fun sometimes when you have to work for a shot too! (-:

Shelley said...

These are incredible and fabulous closeups!! The Blue Heron has such a handsome face! Well done!

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone! These Florida GBHs make it easy! Thank goodness some of them do!

Sarah Knight said...

Wow, those are awesome shots, especially with the truncated perspective!

Midmarsh John said...

Really great mug shots.

Steve Borichevsky said...

I was warned by pro photographer to bring a short lens because of the tamenss of the herons and egrets. These photos are too much fun!

Kathiesbirds said...

Amazing! Wonderful shots!