Great Blue Heron Fishing..

The photo above and the one following were taken from the walking path beside the river at Goldstream Provincial Park beside the Malahat Highway on Vancouver Island.  This heron was only a few feet away from me, and so intent on fishing that it either didn’t know I was there or else ignored me. I was behind a bush but not completely out of sight.

The photo below is a closer look.  In a previous post I noticed those brown feathers on the top of the wing and thought that it was an injury, but now it is obvious that this color is natural on herons.

There are many Great Blue Herons in this area but this is the closest encounter I have had.

Heron With Injury

The Great Blue Heron pictured above was photographed at the Cowichan Estuary in a ditch beside the road, not the prettiest background.  It was one of the more shy herons I have seen and allowed 2 photos before it flew away.  It wasn’t until I uploaded the photos to my computer that I noticed that there was an injury at top of wing, cropped photo below.  Not good quality but you can see the injury.

I wonder how it happened?