Two Blues

Seeing one Great Blue Heron in the park is a treat. Seeing two of them is very special. I saw one in the afternoon sun in the grass on the western ridge, apparently resting; it wasn’t going anywhere and it wasn’t stalking or ready to pounce. Half an hour later I saw another one, sitting low and immobile on the rocks in the shadow of the Open Circle viewpoint in the park’s northeast corner.

Theoretically it might have been the same bird. But a look at the photos squashes that theory. The west side bird is youngish, perhaps middle age, and it has a couple of little white feathers standing up on its head. The bird in the shadows is an old timer, with blue scale on much of its upper beak, the whole beak a darker orange, and heavy, bushy dark feathers on its crown. These are different birds.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on west ridge of park
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in shadow below Open Circle viewpoint

It’s great to see these giants of the local bird world visiting the park. Their size and majestic presence hold the attention of human visitors who don’t have eyes for smaller feathered creatures.

More about the Great Blue: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in shadow below Open Circle viewpoint
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on west ridge of park

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2 thoughts on “Two Blues

  • February 15, 2021 at 11:21 am
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    The first three images look to be the same bird, as verified by markings on the beak. Feathers out of place are variable, as is lighting, making a beak look darker. I can’t vouch for the last image, since it’s from the other side, so beak mark comparisons aren’t possible.

  • February 14, 2021 at 6:23 pm
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    they look so different; they even look like different kinds of herons! they’re not?
    thanks

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