Monday, September 7, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Houston summers are not always the best for noontime birding. Between the heat and ... well, actually the heat is pretty much the problem all by itself. Blistering 100° days with 90% or higher humidity and little or no breeze just sort of takes the fun out of lunchtime excursions. Especially when the birds themselves are generally too smart to venture out between the hours of sunup and sundown.

But every now and then we get a little respite, a brief relief in the form of a day or two of cooling showers, and for a time the world comes alive again. On just such a day, I recently headed over to nearby Bear Creek Park to try to get in a little "fishing." Or more to the point, to look for a little fishing.

Great Blue Heron - 6/11/2009
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

As luck would have it, I found just what I was looking for, in the form of a handsome Great Blue Heron who was enjoying the temporary rise in the water level of Langham Creek.

Great Blue Heron - 6/11/2009

In just a matter of minutes, I watched as this majestic piscator caught and feasted on over a dozen small fish, a meal fit for a king.

Great Blue Heron - 6/11/2009

Unfortunately, my lunch break wasn't long enough to enjoy the spectacle for long. But days like this are wonderful reminders of how fortunate we are to have several scenic parks and venues around the Houston area where we can observe and appreciate the beauties of nature. Bear Creek Park is one of those places where you can always find such hidden treasures. And it invariably is the perfect destination when I need to take a little lunchtime fishing trip.

For more great bird photos from around the world, check out Bird Photography Weekly #54.

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forestal said...

Fantastic photos


Kyle said...

Thanks, Dan!

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Outstanding photos, Kyle!

Kelly said...

...absolutely beautiful photos...capturing him catching his lunch is so cool...and all on your lunch hour!

mick said...

Great photos of the heron fishing. - the one with the reflection in the water is particularly nice!

Arija said...

A new slant on 'gone fishin'....' nice captures and what a feast!

Larry Jordan said...

Fantastic captures of one of my favorite piscators Kyle. I love to watch birds fish. Each species seems to have their own technique and they are all fun to watch.

The Great Blue Heron is just so elegant in his dining.

Heather said...

What a lovely series of photos! That's such a wonderful way to spend your lunch time!

SUES_CABIN said...

Brilliant pictures of such an elegant bird. To capture this bird feeding on the fish must have given you such a thrill.
Have just found your blog, am going to explore it some more now.

The Early Birder said...

Ace captures of the consumate 'fisherman' Kyle. FAB