Lacamas Heritage Trail - Great Blue Heron

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Heron Sitings - Lacamas Heritage Trail, Camas WA

The Lacamas Heritage Trail runs along Lacamas Creek and the western shore of Lacamas Lake.  The mostly gravel pathway winds through a canopy of old growth forest giving trail-goers a glimpse of wildlife, including Great Blue Herons.

Yesterday morning, a cool mist kept some of the regulars at home. It gave those of us on the trail a better chance to happen upon a special moment. This feathered fisherman didn’t seem concerned when I stopped to snap a photo with my iPhone.
     


 

Great Blue Heron - Habits and Habitat

The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird commonly found near the shores of open water and wetlands.   It has a head to tail length of 36 to 54 inches, and a wingspan of 66 - 79 inches, a height of 45 - 54 inches, and weighs approximately 4.7 to 5.5 pounds.

The primary food for a great blue heron is small fish, although they are known to feed on a wide variety including shrimp, crabs, rodents and other small mammals and birds. Herons locate their food by sight and usually swallow it whole.

If you’ve ever seen them in flight, it's a real treat. They tuck their heads into an s-shape, and with long legs trailing behind, their wings-beats are very slow, deep, and deliberate as they make their way through the air. Often, as they take flight, you’ll hear their guttural croaks echo across the landscape.

 

This is not my video, but it's a wonderful capture of the Great Blue Heron's distinctive voice. It was shot near Cottonwood Beach in Washougal, Washington.

 

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Kathy Streib
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Debb- I love spotting Great Blue Herons, especially in flight.  Your photo of the heron on the lake is so peaceful. 

Aug 30, 2014 02:46 AM #4
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Thanks for the lesson on the Great Blue Heron.

Have a very special holiday weekend with your camera in hand.

Aug 30, 2014 03:00 AM #5
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Debb,

Given how many of us like the blue heron from coast to coast, we could designate the blue heron as the official Active Rain Bird.  They are gorgeous.  A

Aug 30, 2014 03:12 AM #6
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Debb  I don't think I have heard a blue heron before.  It almost sounds like a frog.

Aug 30, 2014 03:51 AM #7
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Hi Debb - Great photo! I love those birds - we have three that nest on our lake every year, one of whom likes to hang out on our dock. There's a constant squabble between them and the red-winged blackbirds over territory.

Aug 30, 2014 04:16 AM #8
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What a pretty Heron Debb. Your post shows the true beauty of the Lacamas Heritage Trail

Aug 30, 2014 04:17 AM #9
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Debb,  Looks like the perfect place for this blue heron to call home.  Who could blame him.  They are amazing birds for sure.

Aug 30, 2014 06:43 AM #10
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Loving reading your comments, thanks for the visit. It's a rainy Saturday in Camas today - we're enjoying the inside time and drinking hot tea. I'm envisioning the Blue Herons enjoying the cool, wet weather too. Happy day. 

Aug 30, 2014 06:51 AM #11
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Hi Debb, Thanks for the informative blog about Blue Herons. I like the IPhone picture and I know sometimes the pictures are from these phones are just so so. 

Aug 30, 2014 07:11 AM #12
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Debb: Thanks for the share on Blue Herons. I admit to learning much more than I previously knew about them after reading your informative blog.

Aug 30, 2014 07:23 AM #13
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Debb, thanks for the info on the Great Blue Heron. When I see them in flight, they look kind of prehistoric with their unusual shape!

Aug 30, 2014 09:06 AM #14
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Debb, these great blues are amazing and looks like you got up pretty close and personal.  We have them in some of our watershed areas and they are always a treat to see-and watching them dive for fish - I have seen one with a bird in it's beak!

Aug 30, 2014 09:46 AM #15
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Debb, great to enjoy the pure beauty of nature! Enjoy your day!

Aug 30, 2014 10:31 PM #16
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Thanks again for the visit - I enjoy reading your comments and appreciate that you took the time to share a bit. I'll be visiting each of you soon. 

Aug 30, 2014 11:32 PM #17
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Hi Debb - I agree with the comment by Kathleen Daniels and although I wasn't aware of the sound herons make(not sure I've ever seen one) the spot you choose to find this one is quite idyllic.

Aug 31, 2014 12:38 AM #18
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It is a beautiful place, Michael. The iPhone photo in the gray mist of the morning didn't do it justice. 

Aug 31, 2014 04:58 AM #19
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Debb, that is a BIG BIRD, and funny sound they make.   Sure is beautiful on that lake! 

Aug 31, 2014 07:21 AM #20
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Debb,

 I occassionally see blue herons by our man made lakes I love seeing them and you are correct when they take off it is slow and deliberate!

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Debb, sure wish we could experience these beautiful birds, but think we don't have enough bodies of water.  

Sep 04, 2014 11:11 PM #22
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Debb, yes the Great Blue Heron are good at fishing!  The last time when we fished in competition( he was about 100 feet away from me) he beat me 4 fish to 3 on our pond!!!  How humiliating!!!!

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