Great Blue Heron Perched On A Canada Goose Nesting Structure

It’s Christmas day and even though I don’t have a true Christmas themed photo to share I thought I would share this one I took a couple days ago on a local wildlife management area. One of my favorite sites is to see great blue herons late in the year when the seasons are changing. Great blue herons are fish eating birds and depend on open water to fish so I find it strikingly odd to see them in such extreme conditions as this bird is with most of the water frozen.

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A great blue heron perched on a canada goose nesting structure.

Great blue herons stick around as long as they can and from what I have read they don’t go far if they do indeed migrate. They are one of the first birds around when the ice comes off so they can’t have gone too far. Many winters I see them huddled around small pockets of open water around water control structures, kept open by a strong current as the water flows through the concrete structure. It seems these fascinating birds can survive and scratch out a humble living in the most extreme conditions. One winter day I counted over 50 of them on a snow covered alkaline mudflat on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. All was frozen and they were congregated in a large group for some unknown reason.

Well, it is early Christmas morning and the snow is falling outside. No photography for me today but I wanted to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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