Great Blue Herons

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About Great Blue Herons

The Great Blue Heron is a magnificent bird, one of the largest in the US. And it is a truly beautiful bird. And it is a relatively common bird, with a widespread range throughout the United States. These factors make it one of the best birds for photography...


Where to Great Blue Heron

Rather than a actual spot, my "Hotspot" is more of a technique. Great Blue Herons are very shy birds, and scatter quickly when humans approach. But I have found that you can get much closer -- and get a far better picture -- when you approach a Great Blue Heron in a kayak or canoe. Somehow a kayak/canoe just seems not to scare away the birds like approaching on foot. Many of the best photos I've ever taken have been out of a kayak.


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Great Blue Heron at Okefenokee Swamp


The Best Hotspots for Viewing

Rather than a actual spot, my "Hotspot" is more of a technique. Great Blue Herons are very shy birds, and scatter quickly when humans approach. But I have found that you can get much closer -- and get a far better picture -- when you approach a Great Blue Heron in a kayak or canoe. Somehow a kayak/canoe just seems not to scare away the birds like approaching on foot. Many of the very best photos that I've ever taken have been out of a kayak.


Okefenokee National WIldlife Refuge, Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a very good place for seeing very LARGE Great Blue Herons. In particular, use the east entrance at Suwanee Canal Recreational Area, since the Great Blue Herons congregate in higher numbers at this entrance. And definitely rent a canoe or kayak, and paddle down the canal into the swamp. When I did this in mid-September (on a weekend), I saw many Great Blue Herons. And unlike other places that I've seen them, the birds here were huge. Okefenokee Swamp East Entrance


Seattle, Washington

Are you near Seattle? Here in this website is a great list of places to see Great Blue Herons in Washington state: Seattle Audubon's Where to See Great Blue Heron near Seattle.


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Okefenokee Swamp East Entrance