Saturday, January 18, 2020

Amazing Sights at Blue Run!


We took a trip over to Blue Run Park for an afternoon hike and saw so many amazing things in a 2 hour hike!


This Green Heron stood out with it's bright colors in the dullness of the swamp.


You had to look at the right spot to see him!


Later I turned to ask my hubby something and saw this Black-Crowned Night Heron.


He was hard to spot.


He hides among the low branches on the river side of the trail.


Later we were lucky to see another River Otter.



He was the blackest color and some of the photos came out dark blue. (there appears to be a leaf on the back of his head)


We saw him dive into the shallow water and come up with something in his mouth.


But it's hard to tell what he had caught. It didn't really look like a fish but seemed too big for a crayfish or frog. 


And it looked white! He gobbled it down before we had a chance to take more photos. 

What a day we had! LOTS of neat sightings! Many of them 'out of the ordinary' which makes it even better!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’
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38 comments:

Tom said...

...I've only seen a Green Heron a few times, I see Black-Crowned Night Herons often in Maui.

DVArtist said...

Wow! These are beautiful photos.

Sandra said...

the otter would make my day!!! I wish I were close enough to hike with you. Bob can't hike anymore and I will not go by myself. all my friends can't hike either... we have otters in the park 2 miles from home, I saw them a couple of times, but only at day break. once we were driving by the park on the way to YMCA at 5:20 am, and one of them came racing out of the park, and across the road in front of us. I screamed as I stopped is that the OTTER? no photo.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

What a great day and awesome sightings. I love both the Green Heron and the BC Night Heron. The river otter sighting is cool, they are usually shy and hard to find here. Wonderful photos and walk.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank you for the visit and commenting on my blog.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Lots of beautiful photos from you hour hike ~ Love the otter ^_^

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Anu said...

Hello. Wonderful photos of herons!
Have a great weekend.

ClickNCamera said...

What beauty!

bill burke said...

Beautiful captures of the bird, very pretty indeed.
Have a wonderful weekend.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

A day spent with herons and otters sounds like a great day to me. I am always a little perplexed by people who claim never to see anything. They either walk around with their eyes closed, or more likely seldom get out into natural areas where these joys are found.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I have never seen one that color Diane, Thanks for sharing. We always look for our gray heron at the oond at home. He is very shy. If we try to get a photo, he flies away!

Lea said...

I would love to see otters! We have muskrats here that I see occasionally, but they are quick to dive under the water.
Love the Herons! Great photos!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I posted a comment then remembered I have to use Google Chrome now to get my comments to post on some blogs. So frustrating. Love the heron. I do not believe I have ever seen one that is that color!

Linda said...

I love seeing all that you see on your hikes! Two hour hikes! That sounds amazing!

Hootin' Anni said...

I tried a few times earlier to leave a comment, and I don't think they went thru. (At least I did not get the approval message)

So, I'll try again...your photos are absolutely wonderful Diane.

RedPat said...

How wonderful to spot the herons and then the otter as a bonus!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

This was quite a fruitful hike to capture these creatures. Herons are amazing birds and of course, I love otters. Sometimes I watch youtube videos of them. Thanks so much for sharing!

Debbie said...

a 2 hour hike, i wondered if that's about the length of time you usually hike?

really nice heron captures, i saw a black crowned night heron once and it was quite a thrill...they are beautiful and you captured his best side!!! and don't you just love those sticks, there always has to be ONE to go and mess things up!!

great captures of the otter!!

Terri D said...

That last shot of the otter makes it look like he has a bird in his mouth. They are fun to watch when there are two or more playing. Looks like you had a great hike!

Louca por porcelana said...

Great pictures!Hugs!

Ann said...

Fabulous sightings. It's always exciting to see wildlife.

Sandi Magle said...

Absolutely great photos! Amazing and informative besides simply beautiful!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely sightings and a great collection of photographs.
Enjoy your weekend.

All the best Jan

Vee said...

Good heavens! Looks as if he caught a poodle. 🙃 Love your striking header...the contrast is wonderful.

Linda said...

Great shots of the heron! I've never gotten a picture of an otter... I've only seen them clearly on TV.

Kathy said...

I love your hikes. So many wonderful things to see.

Hootin' Anni said...


Thanks for sharing with us at I'd Rather B Birdin. Y'know I always appreciate your day trips & photos!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Great pictures!!!
Lots of love from Titti

Edna B said...

I love all the photos. I've never had the opportunity to see otters, but I would love to. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...


Oh, those herons are beautiful!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

You have some really stunning photos!! The otter is captivating! Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Wonderful photos! I've never seen those particular herons before! Very beautiful. Love the otter!!

R's Rue said...

❤️

Shiju Sugunan said...

Some lovely sightings, especially the river otter.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

What beautiful herons and how exciting to see the otter! Wonderful pics! xx Karen

Rhodesia said...

Great set of sharp photos they are excellent. I would love to see an otter. Enjoy your week, Diane

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was a fabulous hike! Wow.

Jeanie said...

I love your new banner -- and as always, those birds dazzle!

betty-NZ said...

These are some gorgeous creatures! The birds are so fantastic to see and the otter is a special bonus :)


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