Great Blue Heron in a Puddle at Humber Bay West: September 2020

Usually I see Great Blue Herons at some distance standing in majestic settings and without any movement.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

So it was a surprise to find one standing in a parking lot puddle:

It allowed me to take 3 photographs before winging away.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Other birds:

Great Egret
Great Egret
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
sleeping Canada Geese
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Belted Kingfisher (female)
sleeping Mallard
Sleeping Wood Duck

I have visited the eastern part of Humber Bay many times and in all seasons of the year.

Humber Bay in winter

Today I visited the western part which has many fine vistas but fewer varied habitats to attract birds.

Some botany:

Lady’s-thumb (Persicaria maculosa)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Siberian Pea Tree (Caragana arborescens)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Hound’s-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Mallow (Malva)
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
New England Aster with Shining Flower Beetle
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)


How swiftly doth time pass away,
When happiness completes the day.                – Proverb 

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Great Blue Heron in a Puddle at Humber Bay West: September 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Nice vistas. Nice flowers, plants and birds. I hope that poor Heron wasn’t expecting to find a frog in that puddle–it sure would be a long wait. Thanks, Miles!

  2. Jean Gairdner

    Hi Miles
    Thank you again for enriching my life with your daily posts. One of the blessings of these strange times for me has been the opportunity to reconnect with nature.
    I have enjoyed your photos and wondering what camera you would recommend for taking photos of birds?
    Thank you
    Jean Gairdner


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