Posts tagged “Great Blue Heron

Afternoon Snack

Or make that a full meal. A Great Blue Heron at Crissy Field trying to figure out what to do next.

On Alert

A Great Blue Heron at Crissy Field needs to stay sharp amongst the roaming off-leash dogs.

Great Blue Departure

Birds of Prey

Don’t be mistaken, Great Blues are as fierce as any raptor. Evidentiary images follow that are not for the faint of heart.




20110910-100732.jpgGreat Egrets are close cousins and have the same predatory predilections.

Urban Birds Part Three

A Great Blue Heron on alert at Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

This isn’t a paid advertisement… just a striking convergence of flying objects.

A young Redtail finds a convenient perch for gopher hunting.

Another Redtail sees something tasty in the grass and fully commits.

Bumper to bumper traffic. Watching a Redtail cruising along the road at an altitude of three feet always makes me nervous… but they don’t seem to mind.

As we leave the city and close the Urban Birds series… we see a Peregrine perched on the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Urban Birds Part Two

Close encounters can happen almost anywhere in San Francisco.

As a photographer I’m happy and amazed at how comfortable some birds get in an urban setting. In the countryside it is a simple matter to relocate but the city offers limited green space and the birds learn to figure out what the real threats are.

Alta Plaza Park used to be a great spot to see hunting hawks up close but I think things have changed. It used to have a resident Redtail every year but I haven’t seen one lately.



This image may be a repost but it fits with the theme and is one of my favorites. This is a Red-shouldered Hawk hunting rats in the Presidio.

It isn’t just raptors that reside in the city. Great Blue Herons are another “bird of prey” that make a living here too. (CLICK HERE) More tomorrow…

Predation Series #9

This Great Blue Heron looks nonchalant as it swings a gopher into position to swallow it head first.