Juvenile herons


As the sun was rising, two juvenile Great Blue Herons were hunting from a dock. But, the most striking pictures were of them with their wings out.

At one point, both herons took off at the same time, one from a piling, one from the dock.

Again, one heron landed on the piling with wings and tail spread.

And took off into the rising sun.


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9 Responses to Juvenile herons

  1. Ann Godderis says:

    Breathtaking,,,I am in awe of the birds & your photograhy
    Thank you for reminding me yet again of how precious it all is.

  2. Allan Hobden says:


  3. Tom Johnston says:

    Your timing is impeccable. Wonderful images!

  4. Charlie Zinkan says:

    I have been a birder for 2 decades and have yet to see a juvenile blue heron. It is a treat just to see the adults !!!

    • Alistair says:

      Charlie, I suspect that you have seen many blue heron juveniles (as distinct from babies), but did not recognize them as such. One clear indication is the lack of a white crown.

  5. Margo Saunders says:

    Everyone else said it all! Thank you so much for everything you show and teach us.

  6. Karen Pidcock says:

    I second Margo’s comment, with thanks always, Alistair. I mentioned you this morning walking with a friend in the nearby round-leaved orchid forest, now being shared with disc golfers!

  7. Stephen Wells says:

    After seeing your pictures and your note about the lack of a white crown, I realized we’ve been watching some juveniles here along the North Shore without realizing it. Thanks for your great photos and for your behavior and identification details!

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