One Word Sunday: Large, Larger, Largest.

One of the largest and most spectacular of Florida’s birds, is the Great Blue Heron, and those of you who have followed my blog for a while will know that Mr. GBH is my favourite. Great Blue Herons grow to between 3.2 to 4.5 feet and have a wingspan of 5.5 to 6.5 feet.

They are carnivores and have quite an appetite for sushi, devouring about a pound of fish a day. They are also not averse to feeding on a wide range of shrimp, crabs, aquatic insects, rodents and other small mammals when the opportunity arises. I was horrified to read that they also occasionally snaffle up a duckling or two when Momma duck isn’t looking.

Mr. GBH is such an elegant guy and can strike quite the pose especially when he knows he’s being photographed. He’s so proud of his subtle blue-gray plumage, his slim, cellulite-free legs and that dagger of a beak which can strike like lightning when his laser-like stare spots his next meal.

Great blue herons mostly nest in colonies called ‘heronries’ in trees near water. They are usually monogamous during any one season, but next season often decide to try out a new mate, and scuffles over females are quite common, although never to the death.

To Native Americans, the Heron is a symbol of patience, self-reliance and self-determination. Even though his legs are long and spindly, he has the ability to stand firm and motionless as he calmly waits for his prey to appear.

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday- Large, Larger, Largest’ is responsible for Mr. GBH’s appearance here today. To join in her challenge, just click the link.

I hope your week is going well. It’s getting warm again here in Florida and feels more like summer than winter. Hubby and I are looking forward to meeting friends for lunch tomorrow at a waterfront restaurant with outdoor seating.

65 comments on “One Word Sunday: Large, Larger, Largest.

  1. Marvelous shots of Mr GBH… Luckily we get to see them here at our creek. The fly-overs are fun since we often get to see them fly at roughly eye level from our hillside perch. Catching them with the camera is another matter altogether. πŸ˜‰

  2. I adore herons and I adore your photos. I saw a lot of them when we lived around the San Francisco Bay. Not too many here in New England but there are some. If was a heron I’d live in Florida near you!

  3. Your photos are stunning Sylvia. The one with the fish in Mr GBH’s mouth is especially striking. how incredible it must be to see this massive, patient bird day after day. Thanks for sharing him, especially with those of us in frigid locations who haven’t seen a bird in a long time.

  4. I have overwhelmed by the quality of your photos. Spectacular! You captured the essence of Mr. GBH’s personality at different moments. As a zen master in your first photo, a hunter in the second, a fashion icon in the third, a symbol of power of patience and self-reliance in the fourth, and the monarch of his kingdom in the last. You are a brilliant photography/artist/storyteller. Sending hugs!!!

  5. PS. We’ll have our firs family Sunday lunch next week-end after 2 months. Daughter #1 and HUbby have been vaccinated, 2 shots, and daughter #2 got the virus a month ago. 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, photos and Mr. Grievous Bodily Harm, which he is to those fish. I’m not sure there are any fish this size at the Preserve and I usually only see the fishing birds dart their beaks down and then swallow something too small to see.

    janet

  7. Beautiful photos indeed! Glad you can have an outdoor lunch with friends and that you are warm. We’ve had snow today and are still in lockdown. I will enjoy your warmth and lunch vicariously! πŸ™‚

  8. Really interesting. I find they look very elegant, when they just stand there. I have not seen as many as you, but I saw some in my hometown in Germany in the local river – grey herons though and my dad always loved them too. nice to remember this time when we watched them together.

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