Great Egrets (High Park) and a melanistic Great Blue Heron (Hendrie Valley)

Eh?

Eh?

Decisions, decisions!  I opted to start at Grenadier Pond.

A view of Grenadier Pond

A view of Grenadier Pond

Reflection photo no. 2, taken further along the path

Reflection

Reflection photo no. 1

Nestboxes

Black-crowned Night-Heron resting on a log

Black-crowned Night-Heron resting on a log

Black-crowned Night-Heron's profile

Black-crowned Night-Heron’s profile

Then stopped briefly at the zoo.

Two American Black Duck opportunists taking full advantage of never-ending supply of food at the High Park Zoo

Two American Black Duck opportunists taking full advantage of never-ending supply of food at the High Park Zoo

Then off to the duck ponds near the children’s playground.

Multilingual Signage at duck ponds

Multilingual Signage at duck ponds

This is a fab spot to photograph Wood Ducks, Great Egrets, Green Herons and Kingfishers.

Juvenile Wood Duck (male)

Juvenile Wood Duck (male)

Juvenile Wood Duck

Juvenile Wood Duck

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron on a branch

Green Heron on a branch

Green Heron hunting

Green Heron hunting

There’s a little story about these catfish.  Six of us were taking our pictures when a chatterbox joined in.  After some time, the listener’s ear was beyond fatigued.  Said photographer (not me) asked chatterbox (not me – I photographed them earlier) directed the individual to the catfish. Ah, silence reigned for 20 minutes.

Catfish galore

Catfish galore

On day one there was one egret present.  The photographers said three egrets were foraging prior to my arrival.  On day two I arrived a bit earlier and saw three.  Of course, he who arrived shortly after sunrise viewed seven in the pond. One Great Egret foraged within 20 feet of us.  A good time was had by all.

Reflection shot of two Great Egrets

Reflection shot of two Great Egrets

Great Egret searching for prey

Great Egret searching for prey

Another reflection photograph of a Great Egret

Another reflection photograph of a Great Egret

A preening Great Egret

A preening Great Egret

Great Egret on the hunt

Another look at a Great Egret

Another look at a Great Egret

Great Egret preening on a tree limb

Great Egret preening on a tree limb

Great Egret resting on a tree limb

Great Egret resting on a tree limb

Shaking after preening

Shaking after preening

Hendrie Valley

The water levels are low.  The water lilies are spreading and clogging the ponds.

Shrinking pond

Shrinking pond

As the Great Blue Herons and others have less room to forage, they are appearing below, just beyond and above the boardwalk.

Great Blue Heron's eye

Great Blue Heron’s eye

Last Sunday a photographer in full camo gear sporting two cameras said he photographed a black heron.  I scratched my head.  I asked to see a photo but he was so over the moon happy that he didn’t heard me.  Yesterday, August 6th, a couple reported observing a brown heron.  I asked to see a photo but it was buried in the hundreds of photographs they took during the day.  I remained puzzled.  Today, I ran into a photographer I met several weeks ago. He spoke of a melanistic Great Blue Heron.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?????  As I had helped him out previously he told me exactly where to find it.  What a brilliant sight. I will be returning soon to try for better shots.

Another look at the melanistic Great Blue Heron

Another look at the melanistic Great Blue Heron

Melanistic Great Blue Heron

Melanistic Great Blue Heron

You never know what you’ll find at Hendrie!

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Muskrat

Muskrat

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Groundhog enjoying supper

Groundhog enjoying supper

Lad proudly displays a toad he found

Lad proudly displays a toad he found

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2 thoughts on “Great Egrets (High Park) and a melanistic Great Blue Heron (Hendrie Valley)

  1. Love that Wood Duck portrait, and that Great Blue Heron is very cool.
    In your photo of the American Black Ducks, the one on the right is a Black Duck/Mallard hybrid – he’s got the Mallard’s curly uppertail coverts 🙂

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