Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

Wednesday’s Photos

The Blue Heron – The Graceful Visitor of the Arrow Lakes

The blue heron like the majestic eagle and the swift osprey has made a come-back after driven almost to extinction in the Arrow Lakes region. Until the use of DDT and pesticides had been outlawed, their population had been dwindling to the point of no return. Today’s post is dedicated to this graceful fish hunter along our shores typically found stalking through reeds and flooded grasses. Its voice is not pretty, but its gait and posture impress with their elegance and gracefulness. The blue heron is generally a wary and skittish bird that flies away at the slightest hint of danger. This time it allowed me to take pictures from a mere 10 m (about 30 ft). The short video clip shows the blue heron in flight. Enjoy.



  1. Sue · September 4, 2019


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  2. Pit · September 4, 2019


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  3. Robert Parker · September 4, 2019

    Hi Peter – you did great with these shots. I’ve seen blue herons all my life, in the marshes and creeks around my hometown, but absolutely agree with you – – they’re wary & skittish. They seem to be just standing there impassively, but almost always take off, even if you’re not approaching them at all closely. Nice photos!

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  4. thecedarjournal · September 4, 2019

    Wonderful escape with your adventures with images.

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  5. Amy · September 4, 2019

    Wow! They are beautiful birds. I have seen them in Florida, but never in flight. How amazing! Thanks for sharing these.

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  6. Labby · September 4, 2019

    Hallo Peter, herrliche Aufnahmen und so nah. Das ist Jagdglück. Liebe Grüße nach Kanada. Gruss Wolfgang

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  7. Ulli · September 4, 2019

    Da sind dir tolle Bilder gelungen und ein Video dazu. Hier sind es die Graureiher, die ebenfalls sehr scheu sind, mir ist noch kein wirklich scharfes Bild von ihnen gelungen!
    Nur eins verstehe ich nicht ganz – outlawes heisst doch verboten … und trotzdem sterben bei euch diese wunderschönen Vögel aus?
    herzlichst, Ulli

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  8. arv! · September 4, 2019

    Happy to hear that heron is back. Many bird species are losing their population due to pesticide.


  9. crowcanyonjournal · September 4, 2019

    Very nice, Peter. We have blue herons along the bay just ten miles from our home in Northern California. I guess they are everywhere!

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  10. Pure Glory · September 4, 2019

    Peter, thank you for sharing your photos and the video. Always love to see birds in flight, they are so graceful. Blessings!

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  11. Stella, oh, Stella · September 4, 2019

    What a beautiful bird Peter! And to see it in flight, fantastic!
    We only have the smaller ones, the grey herons (Graureiher oder Fischreiher).

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  12. · September 4, 2019

    Peter, you amazing video, captures beautifully the elegance of the flying blue heron

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  13. Des · September 5, 2019

    It’s fortunate that the blue heron and American bald eagle were able to make a comeback after DDT was outlawed. I see them both all the time around our property but neither will let me get as close as you did. Great photos!

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  14. tanjabrittonwriter · September 5, 2019

    Wonderful photos, Peter. It’s heartening to receive good news about some species from time to time. I could not imagine a world without herons!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 6, 2019

      Indeed it is uplifting to see threatened species recover. Thank you, Tanja, for your kind comment!

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