A Great Blue Heron at Farmington Bay WMA

Great Blue Heron at Farmington Bay WMAGreat Blue Heron at Farmington Bay WMA

Great Blue Herons are year round residents at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area here in northern Utah which means they deal with bitter cold, snow covered ground and icy water. Yesterday this Great Blue Heron was hunting for prey in some fairly cold water, the lowest temp I saw was 24 degrees and ice was forming on the impoundments.

Great Blue Heron lifting off from icy waterGreat Blue Heron lifting off from icy water

The Great Blue Herons here have to be sturdy to survive the winters of Utah. This image shows some of the ice in the lower left corner just as the Great Blue Heron started to lift off to fly towards the Phragmites in the marsh.

Mia

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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.

5 Comments

  1. Life must be challenging for them when the temperatures get so cold, and then so hot in summer.

  2. Mia, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Beautiful Heron photos!

  3. These herons are indeed, like your photos, Great. And they have driven the blues away from this part of the world this morning. Thank you.

  4. Like Montanagirl, I always enjoy seeing the Great Blue Herons. Nice to know these hardy birds are here in the winter too.

  5. Lovely shots of the Heron. I really enjoy seeing these birds, but rarely can get very close to one for a decent photo.

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