Great Blue Heron skimming across a lagoon

Skimming Great Blue HeronSkimming Great Blue Heron – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, natural light

This image has always cracked me up, I wonder if the Great Blue Heron even realized its toenails were dragging in the water.

I wanted to wish all of my readers a Happy Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for including the wonderful people I’ve met, talked to, emailed and had conversations with here on my blog because of my photography.

Life is good.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Terrific shot of one of my favorite models! Have a great Thanksgiving! -Wally

  2. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mia. I am extremely thankful for your generous sharing of your marvelous photos. This photo and your comment reminds me of an observation a poet friend of mine made (she’s a quadriplegic living in Massachesetts who has become extremely aware of the wildlife in her area) that she often wondered the same thing. She has many brothers and sisters that have aided her observations and I’m often startled by her depth of knowledge. It seems to be something that is quite common. Have a great thanksgiving.

  3. Happy Holidays! My heron shots are NEVER as good as yours, but I’m working on it. Thankful today for you, my mentor!

  4. Awesome image, Happy Thanksgiving to you Mia and thank you so much for sharing:)

  5. I love the Great Blue Heron, and you caught it very well, cheers.

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