Monday, June 21, 2010

Curious Gestures

One of my favorite birding spots is a 13 acre pond located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Green Heron sightings are common at this urban nature oasis. Most often I view the ever colorful Green Heron in the same pose, perched on a limb or log, crouched low, eyes alert, ready to strike at some unfortunate fish, frog or insect. Though, if I observe long enough, every once in a while, I will spy some curious behavior. This beautifully plumed, shy bird becomes a rather goofy clown with a variety of humorous gestures.


I usually observe Green Herons hunkered down, still and ready to strike ... but, once in a blue moon, I will delightfully see interesting behavior such as ...


A bit coy


Dancing the Hokey Pokey


"You talkin' to me?"


Perhaps a furball?


Aspiring Hip-Hop artist


Back to business

9 comments:

Janet said...

Julie, this is a terrific series documenting the different behaviors and hunting postures of the Green Heron.

Cathy Ross said...

An exceptionally beautiful post Julie. The colors are so gorgeous w/the greens, blues, rust tones and the reflection in the first photo is exquisite! What really strikes me is how you captured the personality in the stance and eyes. Truly Nature's Splendor...

forestal said...

Just wonderful photos. Your pictures are more detailed than my sightings :) love them.

dan

Steve Creek said...

These are awesome!

Pescalune said...

Wow what a stunning set ! These pictures are wonderful :) Great !!!

dreamfalcon said...

These photos are great: the colors, the posing, everything! excellent!

Julie G. said...

I am especially appreciative of all your kind, thoughtful comments. They mean so very much to me! Thank you.

Pete Moring. said...

Absolutely Brilliant Photo's - I feel quite jealous <{:-(

Pete.

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

These are great Julie... puts a huge smile on your face. I really love the "You talkin' to me?" shot!
Your series is so crisp, clear, just wonderful.