The White Heron of Anna Maria Island


I was slightly infatuated.


  1. Wheezay says:

    What an interesting bird. I’m infatuated too because I keep looking the pictures trying figure out it’s legs.

  2. Kathy says:

    I’ve lived in the south all my life and these birds never cease to be amazing. Did you get close enough to realize how tall he actually is? 3′ isn’t uncommon. If he flew, you got a glimpse of an incredible wingspan. In still waters, they will “march” in place on those long stilt legs to stir up whatever they can to eat. We had one here that used to “fish” in our pond. I timed him one day, he stood in the same spot and watched nearly perfectly still for just over 2 hours. I hope you get to see some egrets and pelicans while you’re on vacation.

  3. Donna says:

    I wonder what it feels like to have your knees on backwards? I guess it would be worth it to be able to fly, don’t you think?

    Dreaming of being on a beach and thinking meandering thoughts… :clover:

  4. .Nancy in Iowa says:

    Beautiful shots!!!!

  5. Miss Becky says:

    Oh, what beauty. It looks as though it is a clumsy bird, with it’s stick legs going in different directions, but I know it is not clumsy at all. I watch a great blue heron that lives near a pond by my house. I love watching these creatures; thanks for the look.

  6. BuckeyeGirl says:

    We get great blues here in Ohio, they’re interesting both on land, wading in the pond, and really weird to watch fly. Where do all those extra joints fit while their wings are working?

    I added puzzles and included one of the Heron pics, so I thought I’d re-post the link here.

    err…. is that right?

  7. BuckeyeGirl says:

    yipes, that didn’t work! I must have gotten the wrong link.

    Suzannemcminn Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery –

    try that?

  8. The Retired One says:

    I would be TOO..he is gorgeous! Don’t you love those long, stilt legs and all the positions he could get into? LOVE,love those birds.

  9. Tobey says:

    Er…hope you don’t mind, but my field guide identifies this as a Snowy Egret – golden feet, black bill. It is smaller than a Great Egret (yellow bill, all black legs).

    Thanks for the marvelous pictures! I wish I had some this nice.

  10. Nancy says:

    I love,love,love Anna Maria Island! Such a beautiful place. Beautiful bird also! Have fun.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Love the butt shot!


  12. Sue says:

    Lordy If I could just crank my legs back like that I might finally be able to get my floors clean. Great pictures Suzanne.

  13. ML says:

    Just a bit! LOL! What cool feet he/she has, bright yellow!

  14. Bren says:

    I love Anna Maria Island! We were in Florda a few years ago and that was one of my favorite! Have you seen Turtle Idland Yet? We were there during the hatching. It’s amazing!

  15. emma-leigh says:

    i never comment here, but i have to today because that’s one of my favorite places on earth! anna maria is the prettiest and best! hope you had a great time!

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