Photo Submission

Submitted By

Catherine Bowden

Lake Cleburne, Cleburne County, Alabama, USA


This series of photos were taken of a pair of year round resident Great Blue Herons at a small private lake in Cleburne County Alabama, Sunday, February 17th. The morning that these photos were taken was cold, gray and misty, providing some nice soft light. Our herons like to roost at the swampy far end of the lake in the button bushes and low lying reeds. The swamp has been created by beavers who have dammed the two creeks feeding the lake, providing habitat for small fish and amphibians upon which our herons are only too happy to exploit. During the day, the Great Blues can be seen flying up and down the lake emitting their loud Crrraaaak. They are especially good at doing this in the early morning hours as we are trying to sleep in. It’s an open question which species dominate the lake; Homo Sapiens or Ardea herodias!

These photos were taken with a Nikon D5/ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/500 with Auto Iso.



Great Blue Heron