Thursday, July 5, 2018

THE GREAT BLUE HERON AND THE RED-WING BLACKBIRD


Two of my favorite birds at Meadowlark Gardens and here they were together.  I don't always get to see them.  The Red-wing Blackbird is the first song that I recognize, and when I hear its trill, I know I will get a sighting but not always a guarantee of a photo.  

I was very happy to see them both on our visit to the garden at the beginning of June.  In fact they were in such close proximity of each other,  I got the two of them in the same frame.  This never happens and I felt very fortunate.
A small moment in time in the grand scheme of things. I had a very enjoyable moment or two taking photos, and then I just observed.
Those bright red lapels are very striking don't you think?
The heron was momentarily distracted, but he soon returned his focus on his fishing at the end of the pond.
I thanked the blackbird for this beautiful display.
I thanked them both.
Getting the perpetual stare from the heron, he moved his feathers...
and joined his mate in a tree nearby...
and I joined my mate who was waiting on a bench not too far from this tree, enjoying his own observations.  



28 comments:

  1. Both are truly beautiful, and would 'make' any day I saw them better.

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    1. They certainly made mine, thanks EC :)

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  2. What a treat, such splendid photos! Being a birdwatcher, I am enchanted. The heron closeups are wonderful! But the way you have captured the blackbird in all his beauty is amazing! The colors, the feathers, just perfect! Deep and intense. And what luck to catch them both together!

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    1. Hi Ginny, thank you. Enchanting is a lovely way of describing this moment. I felt very lucky.

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  3. Excellent photos of these pretty birds.

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  4. I think I have reported in the past about the two herons that stole my fish and proceeded to eat them on my lawn. Still love them, though.

    Thanks for your tips and hints, Denise. You might like my final sentence!!

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    1. I remember Valerie. Do you still have fish in your pond? And yes, I liked your final sentence very much.

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  5. if you see them again tell them I said thanks for the view.. they are amazing photos and I have never seen a red wing black bird. he is gorgeous. I am used to the herons but not the red wing. awesome shot with both in the same shot

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    1. I will pass that on Sandra. Thank you :) They really were very cooperative that day.

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  6. Hello, great captures of the heron and red-winged Blackbird. They are both pretty birds. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Cool! Red wings move rapidly and chatter the whole time.

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    1. Thanks Red, they are a lot of fun to listen to.

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  8. I like that idea. Sometimes you just have to put your camera down and enjoy the moment.

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  9. There is a pond in my neighbourhood and once I had a heron perched on my backyard fence, flew off before I could get a photo.

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    1. A moment in the camera of the mind :)

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  10. I have seen both of these species, Denise, when we lived in VA. From our apt view I've seen a great blue heron flying over the Nashua River but no red singed blackbirds from that view.

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    1. Maybe one will surprise you one day Dorothy. I wonder how high they can fly.

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  11. Hi Denise,
    Some wonderful images of these birds but I would love to see the Red-winged Blackbird, what a beauty.
    All the best, John

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    1. Hi John, I feel the same way when I see your photos. All beautiful! All the best to you too John :)

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  12. Denise, agree - these are my favorites too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That's great Doug and thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. It's always special to see two species together like that... and both displayed beautifully for you.

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    1. I agree and thank you Sallie, that means a lot.

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