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Great Blue Heron Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: A species you can find across much of the United States, they're a common sight in South Dakota in the summer months. I have a number of photos from South Dakota and elsewhere, but the photo below is probably m y favorite, both because of the photo itself, and because of the experience. This is one of the few bird photos I've taken from my kayak, from Lake Vermilion west of Sioux Falls. Given I've had a couple of dunking experiences, I'm always a bit leery taking my camera equipment out in the kayak, but on this day it certainly paid off. I missed the moment of the catch of the catfish, but was able to grab a number of photos as he took off with his freshly caught prey.

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias - South Dakota Birds and Birding

Great Blue Heron 1 - Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron 2 - Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron 3 - Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron 4 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 1

May 2nd, 2003

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 2

November 6th, 2005
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 3

November 6th, 2005
Madison Waterfowl Production Area, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 4

April 25th, 2004
Near Oldham, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 5 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 6 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 7 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 8 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 5

April 25th, 2004
Near Oldham, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 6

October 23rd, 2006
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska

Great Blue Heron 7

September 14th, 2007
Gavin's Point Dam, Nebraska / South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 8

December 18th, 2008
San Francisco, California

Great Blue Heron 9 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 10 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 11 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 12 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 9

December 18th, 2008
San Francisco, California

Great Blue Heron 10

February 13th, 2008
Bon
Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama

Great Blue Heron 11

February 13th, 2008
Bon
Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama

Great Blue Heron 12

October 1st, 2010
Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 13 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 14 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 15 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 16 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 13

December 10th, 2012
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Great Blue Heron 14

December 10th, 2012
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Great Blue Heron 15

December 10th, 2012
Everglades National Park, Florida

Great Blue Heron 16

December 10th, 2012
Everglades National Park, Florida

Great Blue Heron 17 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 18 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 19 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 20 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 17

December 10th, 2012
Everglades National Park, Florida

Great Blue Heron 18

August 17th, 2013
Lake County, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 19

August 3rd, 2014
Lake Vermilion, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 20

August 3rd, 2014
Lake Vermilion, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 21 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 22 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 23 - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron 21

August 3rd, 2014
Lake Vermilion, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 22

August 3rd, 2014
Lake Vermilion, South Dakota

Great Blue Heron 23

August 3rd, 2014
Lake Vermilion, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Great Blue Heron.


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