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Great blue heron (juvenile) on patrol
Hello all, and happy Friday!
We went out earlier this week in search of any critters that may have been about. We were in the middle of a bad heat wave (heat indices up to 103F), so understandably the pickings were slim.
But after all day of hunting, on the way home at dusk we passed a juvenile Great blue heron guarding his domain in a swamp. Or he was simply looking for a meal, but it was so darn hot even the bugs weren't out.
Footnote: We were cruising down route 25, a two-lane road, when I saw him. I made Dave stop, on the bridge, in the middle of the road! and sit there until I was happy with my pic. I was shotgun so I was shooting through the window over his nose. He said no more road cruising for me. 😒
Lives in fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, or shorelines. Very adaptable, will live anywhere near a food source (of fish).
Branford, Connecticut
Date taken
August 18, 2022
Scientific name
Ardea herodias
Equipment used
Nikon D7100, 600mm
Shutter speed, aperture & ISO
1/400, F6.3, ISO 800 (settings are approximate, data lost)
Wow, didn't know the temperature could be so high in New England. Beautiful rich-colored portrait.
Thanks! Yes, we used to be known for brutal winters; now we're known for horrible, hot, oppressive summers. We're in a severe drought so there's hardly been any critters about.

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