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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias


The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird usually found by lake shores or open water. These two appear to be courting each other. (Another near by male was trying his best to get noticed, with no luck!)


A large cottonwood tree at the edge of a small pond on a golf course.

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EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thanks Leuba! This rookery is still there. Sadly, no herons came last year. It was very strange. I'm hoping they return this spring! This will always be a very special spotting for me.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Worth another look ! Lovely spotting Emily. I like pic 2 with the light through the bill - a touch of orange. I always wonder how they manage with their untidy sick nests.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you wijnandr93! It was a very exciting spotting! I've never seen anything like it!

wijnandr 9 years ago

This is so cool :)

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Grazie! ;)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Mama Mia. :)

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you again for the kind words Birdlady! I got so very lucky with these guys. I visited them almost every day for about 3 weeks and only on this one occasion did I see them displaying like this!

Adam S.
Adam S. 9 years ago

Awesome! Great photos!!

birdlady6000 9 years ago

Photo #2 is incredible!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Krista!

KristaHerman 9 years ago

Awesome series Emily. They are beautiful pictures.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

thanks misako.hill

misako 9 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Those entwined necks in #2 are gorgeous; I've never seen GBH doing mating displays so thanks so much for this wonderful series.
Also please consider putting this spotting in the Animal Architecture mission at

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Karen and thank you everyone!

KarenL 9 years ago

Absolutely stunning shots Emily! Well done!

ulvalactuca77 9 years ago

That's awesome.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thanks everyone!

And thank you Christy, these guys are are at the corner of 108th and Westmoor. Just west of Wadsworth up by me! They are not very fearful either. I was able to get comfortably close (for all involved) One of the males even did a fly by. He flew within a couple feet of me, realized I wasn't a threat and continued his mating display!

Seema 9 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

All three are fantastic pictures,

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Emily, these are stunning!! Easily frame-able! Where were these? I absolutely love the one with the entwined necks! I love spring!!! (you should read my story on the robin I just posted! Aaaaahhhh...spring!)

Atul 9 years ago

lovely series!

DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago


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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2012
Submitted on Mar 9, 2012

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