Saturday, April 26, 2008

They really are blue.

I have been asked, as recently as last Tuesday, what the "tall grey birds are." Oh, Heavens to Betsy, doesn't everyone in this city know at least this bird, the bird that was for quite some time the City's logo until for some reason it no longer was, the bird that lurks in every grassy ditch along the freeway, the bird that will magically consume a whole pond of koi in one night? The Great Blue Heron?

Granted, they usually don't look all that blue. Not bluebird-blue or Indigo Bunting-blue or blue Honda Accord-blue. They are usually pretty grey. If you find a stray GBH feather, you're probably going to think, Oooh, look, a grey feather, I know I would. The bird above, which is one of them, certainly looks grey. It's a juvenile, by the way, knowable because the crown of its head is black, not white as in an adult.

Here's a bunch in late winter. Blue? Hardly. Adult plumage all, but grey, grey, grey, grey, grey.

Bu then look at this beauty. Artfully partially obscured by cattails, this Great Blue Heron is all the name advertizes. It's great, it's a heron, and most importantly, it's blue (ish). Click on the image -- It gets even bluisher!

So now we are all clear on this. The tall grey birds are really tall blue birds.

2 comments:

Wanderin' Weeta said...

That's a great picture!

I have feathers. They're grey, in any light. Must've got the wrong blue heron.
:)

Cicero Sings said...

That last picture is a GOOD one.

I had to go to the dentist a while back ... had to get the dentist's daughter as he was away. Anyway, she did not know what a caribou was and had never seen a deer. Imagine, a deer! I was speechless.