I woke up today on my off day and decided that I would drive around and look for something to take pictures of. I tried Enterprise South Nature Park first because it’s so close to home. I didn’t see a single deer there so I moved on. After trying a few other places I stopped at the lower side of the Chickamauga Dam to see if the spillways were open and flowing, they were so I stopped. I got out of my truck with all my camera gear and before I could get set up to shoot the dam, I noticed several Great Blue Heron along the bank!
The Great Blue Heron is a beautiful bird that I see often on the Tennessee River and Chickamauga Lake during the boating season which for me is April through October. I was hoping to get some good pictures of them this year now that I have a better camera but I wasn’t expecting to make them in January!
I decided that the dam photo could wait so I installed my best telephoto lens on my camera and inched closer and closer to the birds. They were more cooperative than I was expecting . A couple of them let me get fairly close before they flew away.
Interesting display of plumage!
The Heron above on the left has caught a fish. If you can’t see the fish, click on the image, you can see it in the full size version.
I don’t know if this one was older than the others but it certainly has more brown to it.
I hope you enjoy these! You can click on each image to see a full size version.
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