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Two pictures of a grey heron (Ardea cinerea), one from the front and one from the side. Doesn’t it look like a completely different bird, depending on what angle you look at it from?




30 responses

  1. Love the hairdo 🙂

    August 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

  2. It really does look like two different birds. Great closeup!

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

    August 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

  3. An immense difference. Love the captures. Interesting that the first pic of the heron has the look of a bird of prey.

    August 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

  4. The front view shot makes him look like a Muppet! I love the intense gaze you captured. I like your new blog header too!

    August 24, 2014 at 10:39 PM

  5. Great photography – whichever way you look at it! Him … Her … whatever 🙂

    August 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    • Thanks John! I don’t know if it’s a male or female, the only thing that’s clear is that it’s a juvenile- Adults have white heads instead of grey.

      August 25, 2014 at 7:14 AM

  6. Beautiful close-ups of a wonderful bird–it looks a lot like out Great Blue Heron, but the coloration seems a little different.

    August 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    • Thanks Mike! They are indeed similar, the main difference is the size I think. The coloration is usually similar but in this case it’s different because it’s a juvenile bird (born this year).

      August 25, 2014 at 7:20 AM

  7. oops…”our” Great Blue Heron

    August 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

  8. I love the expression you captured…Great shots, well done.

    August 25, 2014 at 3:01 AM

  9. I wasn’t sure from the first image what type of bird it was, and when i read “heron” it still took me a moment to see it as such. great images!

    August 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    • Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you liked the pictures!

      August 25, 2014 at 7:41 PM

  10. Céline

    Great shots Calee! It reminds me that we saw many many herons and often closely during our cyclo-tour in NL, it was so surprising and really funny! And we saw many birds that we didn’t know (like the “fulica atra”)… amazing! 🙂

    August 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    • Thanks Céline! Yes, herons and coots are very common around here!

      August 25, 2014 at 7:43 PM

  11. I have never seen a heron face-on like this-somewhat comical. Good to get shots like these so we can get to know the bird from all angles.The second one is a pleasing portrait as well.

    August 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    • Thanks Jane! We have a lot of herons around here, but it’s the first time I stopped and looked at one straight on. Like Heart to Harp said above: It looks like a Muppet. 🙂

      August 25, 2014 at 7:46 PM

  12. Oh my gosh calee, great close-up shot – love both, but the first what a headdress (and those eyes)!

    August 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    • Thanks Mary! Yes, almost like a woolen hat 😉 or at least it was until it got windy!

      August 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      • So funny!

        August 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

  13. Wow great contrast in these picts!

    August 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

  14. He/she is quite beautiful! 🙂 I love Herons, they are so elegant. But not too welcome if you have a well stocked fish pond in the garden! 😉

    August 27, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    • Thanks Suzy! I wish I had a big garden with a fish pond..

      August 27, 2014 at 5:04 AM

  15. Yes! And I think it’s similar to the Great Blue Heron, which also can look sleek from the side and quite frayed and funny from the front! Great shots!

    September 2, 2014 at 12:33 AM

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