The Great Blue Heron Returns

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

It’s been four years since the Great Blue Heron visited our creek. He used to come now and then to hunt from the bounty of frogs and small fish and salamanders which make our creek their home. We saw him fairly often, and always I was taken aback by his beauty – right there in our front yard, only thirty yards away!

Then, he just stopped coming. Christmas four years ago is the last we saw of him, and I have often wondered what happened. Did he die? Did someone kill him? (Great Blue Herons are a protected species, but there are irresponsible rednecks around here who kill them for sport) After a few years, I resigned myself to the notion that he was not coming back, and this made me sad.Great Blue Heron in Flight

Until today…today while I was gazing out the window in between thoughts for my next line, I saw it…the massive wingspan of a Great Blue Heron flapping awkwardly to land in our creek. My heart leapt, and I bolted up from my chair and to the front door for a better look. He had actually landed in the yard and was walking down into the creek.

He moved up the creek patiently when suddenly he stopped. It was as if he had frozen in time exactly where he stood. I watched him for about five minutes and grew tired of the statue he had become, so I went back to writing. When I went to check on him after about fifteen minutes, there he still stood exactly as before.

Great Blue HeronI watched for a couple more minutes, and then he struck. Lightning fast, he extended that long neck and captured his target with his long, sharp bill. I couldn’t tell what it was, but whatever it was, it never had a chance. Then, he threw back his head and in a single acrobatic motion, tossed his catch down the hatch! It was so exhilarating to watch after all this time.

I know that this is a new heron, and that our old friend is gone. But how delightful it is to be able to enjoy a new friend, and it is my hope that he will put us on his list of “good hunting grounds.”

It is a great honor to be on such a list…

(Next time I will try to catch a picture of him; they are very skittish)


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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
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Sheila,  You are lucky to have such a visitor.  Hope you get a photo.

Jan 18, 2011 12:48 PM #1
Patricia Feager
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WOW! Beautiful! I loved your story and the photos!

Jan 19, 2011 01:23 AM #2
Erby Crofutt
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It is so neat to be able to just sit and watch Mother Nature.  You can really see some amazing things if you have the patience to just wait!

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