Great Blue Herons

Great blue heron with drooped wings, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Droop Wing I & II

A great blue heron droops its wings to cool off on an unseasonably hot October day.

Great blue heron portrait, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Cloak

Feather details of a great blue heron in Snug Harbour.

Great blue heron wingtip feathers, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Wingtip Flight

A great blue heron takes flight near Doughnut Island, wingtip feathers outstretched mere inches from the surface of the water.


Panting great blue heron, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

Hot September Sun

A great blue heron stands on the tern raft in the centre of the trout pond, panting in the hot September sun with its tongue on full display.  This might be the start of an odd new wildlife theme, hot on the heels of this black-crowned night heron and canada goose.

Great blue heron in strong sidelight, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Shining Light I & II

A great blue heron hunts in the September light off of Algonquin Island, evoking the image of this great egret from September of 2008.

Great blue heron in flight, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Straight as an Arrow

A great blue heron takes flight in Long Pond, primary and secondary flight feathers outstretched.


Great blue heron, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Great Blue

A great blue heron stands on a submerged log in Snug Harbour, keeping a wary eye on the photographer.

Great blue heron skull, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

Revealed Heronry

The skull of a great blue heron, time-worn and well weathered, shows off the distinctive heron shape, with a long beak for catching fish in shallow waters.

Great blue heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Early for the Party

An early arrival in March of 2009: one of the first Great Blues to finish its long migration north.


Great blue heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Blue Waiting

Another great blue heron, completely backlit, wades in the waters off of Doughnut island fishing for dinner.

Great blue heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Parallel Bars

A backlit great blue heron perches on the old Doughnut bridge.

Great blue heron, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Neck Plumage

A newly-returned great blue heron displays its wonderful breeding plumage near Centre Island, early in the spring of 2008.


Great blue heron, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

Lily Perch

A great blue heron perches on a branch in the Trout Pond.

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