Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Green Heron times three!

We had never seen a Green Heron in the wild here in Florida until a couple of weeks ago. (well, not that we could positively identify )

First we saw one at Homosassa Wildlife Park but it was not ‘in the wild’ there.

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A few days later we hiked at Blue Run Park and got the thrill of a lifetime!

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There was a Green Heron in the swamp.

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One that didn’t mind posing for us.

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Well, maybe he was even a bit of a ham!

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Then lo and behold, we saw one at Rainbow Springs State Park IN THE WILD!

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Isn’t that funny how we finally saw one…

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then two…

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then three!

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I guess that’s our lucky number now!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

41 comments:

podso said...

"Three's company!" It does indeed look like he's posing for you, with great relish!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

You haven't had a great day until you've seen one of their fluffy babies :O

Linda H said...

Fantastic shots! He even looks like he might be a little vain...lol

carol l mckenna said...

Three ~ Wow! Grand for you and us ~ lovely photography of our 3 feathered friends ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Saturday ~ ^_^

Susie said...

Diane, That is wonderful. You sure get to see some great water birds there in Florida. I love the one posing. :):) I hope you are keeping a journal on your spottings. Blessings for a fun day there. We have snow :( xoxo, Susie

Mary Cromer said...

Great images of this beautiful Green Heron Diane! I hope that you are enjoying the weekend.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So pretty. I envy you your great hikes!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Fantastic photos. Love the ones where the green heron is stretching right up ... wonderful pose. Have a good weekend. It is pouring of rain here.

Mildred said...

Good for you! Beautiful photos and the one certainly was not camera shy! lol

Lowcarb team member said...

How good is that to see three!
Yes, he does look as if he's thoroughly enjoying having his photograph taken! LOL!

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Diane! Awesome shots of the Green heron. It took me the longest time to find a Green Heron, after that I see them everywhere. They are beautiful birds. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I was lucky in the fact that late last spring when down on the dock--a green heron came and landed on the railing long enough for me to get a good photo of him--didn't know what kind of bird it was at the time--haven't seen one since though--so you seeing 3 is good--they say they are secretive type birds--soo--
enjoy the moments,di

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

I have never seen a green heron. How lucky that you have now seen three. xo Laura

Debby said...

Great photos!

20 North Ora said...

They (especially the one) look like they are definitely posing for you.

Judy

Gina said...

Diane, maybe it is the same one following you?! :-)

Primitive Stars said...

Evening Diane, what neat looking birds you spied, love the pictures.Blessings Francine.

Kathy said...

You see the most unusual birds. How cool! I love your pictures. So lucky that the bird "posed" for you.

Debbie said...

WoW, lucky you, they are gorgeous creatures and your captures are beautiful!!

happyone said...

Great series of pictures. I used to see Green Herons at the lake I walked around where I used to live.

Linda said...

I guess it was their day to pose!

Blondie's Journal said...

I can just imagine how fun this would be and a great way to learn how to identify the birds you see in the wild. Good for you! I love your pics!

Jane x

BeachGypsy said...

That is so cool! So glad when you spot these.....I learn alot about birds from you! I love the last picture the best, what a great and clear shot! Do you do anything specific/special with your bird pictures? I am thinking a small album or scrapbook would be so neat, with maybe the date spotted and the picture or something? Something to take out and enjoy over and over! would be neat to pass down as well.
Hope you are having a real nice weekend! We are working in the yard and porches.....whew!! Lots of hard work and not much play this weekend. But it will be worth it. Hubby dug me new flower beds and we cleaned and swept away the dirt/webs/dust/winter and got ready for spring and new seeds/plants to put into pots and in the ground, etc. Got the lawn furniture clean, etc.

Phil Slade said...

Nice work Diane. Once you "get your eye in" with a particular species you then know where to look, waht to look for, and often when to look. Experience counts for a lot in birding.

Geraldine said...

What an interesting bird. Green is my favorite color.😄

bettyl-NZ said...

How fantastic to see these lovely creatures! I like all the details that you show in your photos, such pretty colors.

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

...and aren't they gorgeous? My favorite of all the herons. Hope you can get to see them in breeding colors eventually...their legs go from yellow to ORANGE...a bright, deep salmon colored orange.

Great photos Diane. It's exciting to find a bird in the wild for the first time. I know the feeling.

Thanks, for posting your link to this great set of images for us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

Susan said...

Love the heron and I had never heard of this species! Your photos always make me smile, Sis XOXO

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - you were certainly lucky - grand photos. I like how their front feathers blend in with their surroundings when they stretch their necks out. What a glorious walk you must have had. Enjoy the new week my dear friend. (It is snowing here again)

Red Rose Alley said...

Your Florida birds are so interesting, Diane. The Green Heron is an unusual looking bird. These are great pics. It looks like he has a head of green feathers hehehe.

Have a wonderful Sunday, Diane.

love, ~Sheri

helen tilston said...

I love that you saw these beautiful green herons. How fortunate you are. I have not seen one in real life yet.
Have a super week

Cherdecor said...

They always say that things happen in threes. I didn't imagine they were talking about Green Herons, but hey, we'll take it! Great pictures! You could sell these prints, seriously!

Carla from The River said...

A beautiful Heron! Your photos are well done! I enjoy that you share your hikes with us.
Love, Carla

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such a beautiful bird! Made me smile to see it's different poses!

Inger said...

Think of them and they will come. Gorgeous birds, I never even heard of them before.

Jenn Jilks said...

Isn't that fun?! OUrs have flown for winter.

Nancy Chan said...

You are a lucky girl and you get to see 3 Green Heron. Not only that, the birds even posed for you! Lovely shots.

Karen Ann said...

we have Blue and White herons here, but that's the first Green I've seen!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for sharing

Prunella Pepperpot said...

All good things come in threes! Loving the green herons, such wonderful photos!
Happy Tuesday :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh yes, you are definitely on a roll! We've seen green herons in the wild before, but I haven't sighted a single one this season. Maybe some of your luck will rub off on me just from reading this lovely post; your pictures are outstanding.