Gone fishin’

I love me some sittin’ back and watchin’ the fishin’ that goes on at White Rock Lake.  Bein’ one who don’t consume no animal products, it ain’t that I envy the successful fisher so much as I love seein’ ’em doin’ the fishin’.

Some show up dressed in their Sunday best, then they pose so as everyone can look at the fetchin’ young thing wadin’ in the water.

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) standing the water (2009_07_18_027003)

Talk about keepin’ up appearances…

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) watching for fish (2009_07_18_027008)

But then a bit of movement below the surface catches their eye.  Suddenly it ain’t about lookin’ pretty so much as it is about catchin’ some fish.

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) catching a fish (2009_07_18_027010)

I normally think it’s like a game of bobbin’ for apples.  Sometimes, though, it’s just a little pokin’ of the beak into the water.  Like that’s gonna work…

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) holding a small fish (2009_07_18_027012)

Huh!  Would you take a look at that.

Maybe that’s why I always failed miserably while fishin’ with the family when I was a young lad: ’cause I ain’t got a clue about what works and what don’t.

Of course, even I know that little ol’ fish ain’t gonna satisfy a big ol’ bird.  So it’s off to do more fishin’…

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) bobbing for fish (2009_07_18_027015)

And more fishin’…

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) bobbing for fish (2009_07_18_027023)

And yet more fishin’…

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) bobbing for fish (2009_07_18_027040)

At least this looks more like bobbin’ for apples.

But at this rate, I’m gonna starve just waitin’ on the darn bird to catch some more fish.

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) holding a small fish (2009_07_18_027025)

Finally!  Another little tidbit successfully captured and consumed.

Hell, I reckon it’ll take all day to fill that heron’s tummy if all it keeps catchin’ are these snacks.

Then another splash behind me grabs my attention.

Great egret (Ardea alba) holding a fish (2009_07_18_027071)

Uh-huh.  Show off.

Come to the lake dressed in all white like some southern preacher from stories of old, wade into the water as though it’s one of them there baptismal services in the local river, then catch a fish that puts the heron to shame.  And you ain’t even as big as the blue fella.

Puttin’ on airs is all that is.

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) standing in the water (2009_07_18_027030)

And the blue fella knows it.  Poor critter done been embarrassed.  Look at how it’s standin’ there tryin’ to act all not interested and stuff.

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Photos:

[1-8, 10] Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)

[9] Great egret (Ardea alba)

6 thoughts on “Gone fishin’”

  1. Holy pointy beaks, this is lovely. I’m so intrigued that you have become a mighty White Rock Lake naturalist. I used to love that little cove at the SW end of the lake when it had a bit more mud in it about 30 years back–saw my first blue heron there.

    Digital cameras make so much possible. These shots are spectacular, right down to the glassy sheet of water surrounding the bird when he splashes. At a different point on the tech spectrum, Adam caught a fishing heron at Smith Lake on Saturday–on a Mamiya twin-lens reflex camera with 25 ASA film. So we’ll see how that turns out when he processes.

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  3. Awesome captures of both the Great Blue Heron and the Great Egret Jason! I guess we all know which species is the better fisher now 😉

    Being my first time to your blog, after reading the “accent” of this post, I had to go to your “about me” page to find out about you. I am a big fan of about me pages and always visit said page when first visiting a blog.

    I must say that you have the most thorough and interesting “About Me’ page I have ever read. It is a pleasure meeting you and I must say I enjoy your wit and your outlook on life.

    May you live long and prosper.

  4. Hi Jason, my first visit too, over from IATB 105. I just read Larry Jordan’s (friend of mine via blogging) post and so I had to go read your About page as well. You sound awesome. I live in Plano, TX and love to visit White Rock Lake, especially between November and February when the pelicans are hanging out. When I first read your post, I was hoping that the “accent” was for EVO. Last night I shot off an email to Rachel Maddow because she featured yet another Texas lawmaker saying something ridiculous – and I just had to say that not all Texans are crazy!

    Great pics, btw – I love photography as well.

  5. Thank you both for visiting and for your kind remarks!

    On that about me page, I wrote it so long ago I had to go back and read it to see what might be so interesting. Sometimes I wonder what I’m thinking when I post things like that…

  6. White Rock is such a great place for great blues and great egrets, and these ictures are great.

    I was at Rowlett’s Springfield Park last week, where an assortment of yellow crowned night herons and a little blue
    were hanging out in the newly-created wet spaces–I looked up, and one had a goodish sized frog, and seemed both pleased and puzzled with the size of it.

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