Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Two Firsts


This little fella had the distinction of being the first and only Green Heron I've photographed to date. In fact, it was the first one I had ever seen. One bird, two firsts. They are widespread in Kentucky, but rather elusive. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and paying attention, albeit I was very surprised. The heron stuck around for no more than five minutes and then disappeared.


Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday



42 comments:

Carole M. said...

fabulous shot to Brian; great opportunity!

Beth said...

i love the bright yellow feet. awesome!! glad you got the chance. (:

Tammy said...

Congrats on your firsts:) Great capture too!

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Beautiful capture, Brian! Glad you found it while you had your camera with you, Congratulations.

Nancy Claeys said...

Amazing bird and capture, Brian. He's a beauty!

Sharon M said...

That's awesome

Jan n Jer said...

Lucky U!!! Great shot

Andrea said...

My friend keeps telling me there are Green Herons by the channel near our house, but, like you, I have never seen them, let alone been able to take a picture. This was your lucky day and what a perfect shot (of course I would expect no less from you Brian, as all of your shots seem perfect). I am happy for you it gives me hope that I will someday see the Green Heron here. Thanks ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Tricia Hays said...

Never hanging around in one place for long, either... Call him/her 'The Wanderer' like that ol Dion, then Eddie Rabbit, song... LoL! =)
Beautiful capture

Andee said...

So exciting! What an awesome looking bird.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful! you got a great up-close shot! i see them every day here - sometimes several of them at once - but they're usually across the pond and fly back and forth to keep some distance between them and me. :)

Terri Buster said...

Great shot and how cool to see one for the first time AND get a fantastic photo of him!

kmurray said...

What a cool bird. Nice way to capture him for all to see!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great shot! How exciting to be able to capture him on the first sighting.

Tanya said...

patience pays off! beautiful!!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Fab shot! Isn't it good being in the right place at the right time!

bailey-road.com said...

Congratulations on your firsts! It's a great shot too!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Well caught Brian, great shot.

Paul

Connie Smiley said...

Hi Brian, that's a great image! I saw one of these at the lake this morning while swimming my dog, but couldn't get close enough for a good shot, so I'm happy to see all the wonderful detail in yours.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I've only spotted the green heron twice and both times they were so far out that I couldn't get a clear shot! You really were fortunate to get such a great image. Well, your skills helped too, I know. It's like he was posing just for you.

Andrew said...

A wonderful image of a beautiful bird.

Debbie said...

oh he's so different from the gbh, i am sure i have never seen one.

this looks like a good one for tex to draw, the shading in his back is just beautiful!!

Amy Burzese said...

Hopefully, it won't be your last one to find and shoot.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shot of the Green heron, one of my favorite birds.

Linda said...

What a fabulous shot! I have only seen these in the zoo, although there are some at my SIL's house in Missouri. I have just never managed to catch a glimpse of them!

Renae said...

He has such remarkable coloring and shading of his feathers. Wow!

darlin said...

Good thing you were paying attention Brian or you might have missed this perfect photo opp... perfect is exactly how you've captured this bird! Fantastic clarity in all the right places, love the macro!

holdingmoments said...

A real handsome bird.
Lovely shot Brian.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that’s a nice heron. I got a life tick Heron last week - I may appear next Wednesday!

Cheers - Stewart M

Pam :) said...

Gorgeous capture, Brian. I love their the colorful feathers.

Arija said...

Congrats on your lifer! A good looking chap but a great one for doing a disappearing act.

Liz said...

This is a stunning shot, Brian! It's always so pleasing to capture a lifer... and what a great one at that!
I went to link to WBW this week too and realised it was no more :(

Kristi Bowman said...

Wonderful, congrats! I had some first this week too. It's so much fun!!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great shot!

Deb said...

great colors....nice modeling...

Ida said...

How exciting. Congrats on these "firsts" - This is a gorgeous bird. I've never seen one before so I'm happy you got to capture this one to share.

NewMexiKen said...

Not very green, but it sure is beautiful. Congrats on your find!

Adam Jones said...

That is a cracking shot for a first time bird. Very jealous of that.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

You really do seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time a LOT. How cool.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Awesome catch Brian, and yes, they sure are elusive. If I have seen one, I do not remember it~

Hilke Breder said...

Congrats, Brian. Great sighting and beautiful shot!

Kerri said...

And what a GREAT shot of it too!! Superb!