How’s The Weather Up There?

It isn’t unusual for us to spot an occasional great blue heron along the water’s edge near our home. But back during the summer, I saw something rather unusual one evening as I was outside taking pictures of this gorgeous sunset.

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Hearing a strange noise, I glanced up in a tree and spotted this.

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It’s difficult to describe the sound made by a heron. “Screeching” would probably be a good word.

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To give you an idea of just how high up he was, here’s a picture showing the tree beside our neighbors’ (three-story) house.

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Lightning struck the tree a couple of years ago, so that’s why there was no foliage. We’ve since had it removed. We were sorry to lose it, but I was glad to have the opportunity to see this heron on its lofty perch.

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14 responses to “How’s The Weather Up There?

  1. What a gorgeous sunset that was…..and what a beautiful shot of the heron on that treetop. We frequently see hawks perched on dead branches of the tall old oaks around here – I think they know they look VERY photogenic on those bare branches! Smart birds….

    Pam

  2. Look at him at the very tip top. Could he stand any higher?

  3. We have a few of them around our fish ponds. My son and I used to refer to them as terradactyls as their wing span in flight made them appear prehistoric. Great shots.

  4. We have them at our pond sometimes. I’m not a fan….a couple of years ago, they ate 8 of the 12 ducklings that had hatched. Rather see them in the air or on a high perch than on our pond. But I guess this one thinks he’s ‘king of the treetops’!

  5. Great shot!

  6. For such a large bird, it’s kind of strange to see him up so high. Perhaps he does think he’s king of the area and his screeching is his decree. 😀 Great photos!! As you know, I’m partial to the sunset one.

  7. You get the most astounding shots Dianna! I have seen the majestic blue herons skimming the length of our Buffalo Creek, but I have never seen one sitting still like that. Wonderful!

  8. Love the pictures and story. Nothing like the screech of their call. I love sleeping with my windows open at night and listening to their squawking.

  9. I’ve seen them plenty of times, and heard them a few – screeching is the right word… But… I’ve never seen one perched that high! – excellent shot- and a rare one, too, I think .. 😉

  10. they look so silly way up there. 🙂

  11. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I had no ideal they could fly that high. Shows what I know, Great shots.

  12. Great capture! The branches look so thin, it’s a wonder they support such a large bird.

  13. He truly had a bird’s eye view!

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a heron’s call…you guys have such amazing bird-life! Beautiful images, as always! ~ Sheila

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