Great Blue Heron Feasting on Recently Plucked Morsel
This photo of a Great Blue Heron feeding in still water was taken this morning at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in the county just south of the one in which I live. Established in 1933, Blackwater is a nature preserve of 25,000 acres that encompass tidal marshlands, freshwater ponds, and extensive forests.
The refuge is a major wintering area for approximately 35,000 geese and 15,000 ducks that migrate here in the fall and return to their northern habitats in the early spring. During the summer months, the refuge is inhabited primarily by herons, egrets, ospreys, mallards, small water birds, and various songbirds. It is also a sanctuary for several troubled species, including the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon.
Set forth below are some of the other photos taken at Blackwater this morning, as well as a couple that were taken there a few weeks ago.
Great Blue Heron Seeking to Hide Behind Marsh Grass