Monday, February 25, 2013

Youngster On Ice


This juvenile Great Blue Heron seemed to enjoy milling about on the ice. He'd walk back and forth, change positions, and just stand for what seemed like forever. After getting photos and watching him for a while, I actually got bored and left before he did.





 1/500 sec. f/7.1 ISO 100

 Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday


41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

your photos are great! he's a cutie, if not in a sour kind of mood. your commentary made me laugh! :)

SRQ said...

Love that second shot. He looks sooo tentative with those big feet. Poor thing.

Faye said...

So endearing looking in all that gawkiness. Do you think he was that enthralled by the ice--or just in a pickle that he couldn't get out of?

Nancy J said...

The third photo, he is hunched into his"overcoat" as if to say, what is happening now?? Did he stand still, or skid? Each one is super. Cheers from Jean.

Carole M. said...

it looks darn miserable!! Amazing how they can do that and don't stick to the ice :)! Or that they can walk off without everything frozen to the core

✿ chica said...

Ele está de mau humor?rs Lindas fotos! abraço,chica

Pam ;) said...

Love the humor here. I had to giggle at Great Blue switching his icy cold feet.
Awesome captures Brian!

Deb said...

Great post Brian

From The Heart said...

He seems to be in deep thought.What great shots... Your photos continually amaze me! Just "keep 'em coming!!"

Jan n Jer said...

Where is his ice skates!!

Pamela Gordon said...

He looks quite funny high stepping across the ice. I'm wondering where they tuck their long necks!

Deer Passion said...

As always, your photos are so intriguing.. and I love how you captured the personality of this day.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wonder what he was pondering about...cold feet cannot be that fun!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Poor thing, his feet look cold. Terrific shots though!

Andrea said...

Don't you wonder what they are thinking when, as youngsters, they first encounter the ice. Do you think their instincts have an explanation for why their food source has closed it's doors. Great Shots ... Our Herons don't stay around long enough to see ice so this is a new experience for me.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Marie said...

He is so funny walking on the ice! :-) Great pictures!

HansHB said...

Nice photos!
It is kind of "funny walks"!

Karen said...

Oh he looks grumpy! Great shots Brian.

Alan Pavey said...

Great images as always Brian ;-)

barbara l. hale said...

Great pics! They can stand around for quite a while if undisturbed. I imagine I would have left even before you did.

Connie Smiley said...

Fabulous photos, Brian! You made me laugh, as did the middle picture.

eileeninmd said...

Brian, cool shots of the heron. It seems funny to see it walking on the ice.

mick said...

Great photos. I wonder if juveniles have to learn to walk on ice?

Marc Heath said...

Perhaps he was stuck to the ice. Nice shots though.

bailey-road.com said...

All of a sudden, life got different. Great series.

MTWaggin said...

He just wanted to show you how many different poses he could do! LOL Were you bored or cold or both?!

Debbie said...

WoW, ya' just gotta love those feet!! and the alpha spike!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think he's having trouble growing into those feet!

Neil said...

Great series.

Madge Bloom said...

Again, really outstanding shots!

Carletta said...

Look at those poses! I think he was messing with you Brian. :)
Wonderful shots!

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - I suppose the heron had to keep moving about to avoid melting through the ice!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Gary said...

Fun shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Tanya Breese said...

so cute, that youngster!

Ken Schneider said...

Maybe he just learned about ice and now has a sore bill because of the lesson. Nice shots!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Had to laugh....he looks very funny but great capture you did

Genie Robinson said...

Now he is quite the specimen. Love that third shot where he appears to be prancing along. Oh, how I hope we get to visit the Wildlife Refuge this summer. That is the only way I get to see birds like this. Thanks for all of your visits. genie

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Of course you left before him...his life is so much simpler...fish,fish,nap,fish,fish,fish.

Amanda said...

ha! got to admit that would be funny to watch...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

haha he was waiting for you to crack the ice, so he could get a fish...beautiful, yet I would come in out of the cold first, even before getting bored, burr~

Joe said...

He's probably thinking that he needs to go south for the winter.