Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 23, 2016

I birded some of the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning and for the most part, very quiet. One Caspian Tern at McKinley Marina and 500 + Bonaparte’s Gulls at Grant Park were the highlights that I could find along the lake. The lakefront was very cold with a stiff north wind, a few times the sun felt great. Stopped at Whitnall and just a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers were present, along with typical birds we see and birds that have been reported recently. I crossed paths with Bruce and we headed up to Greenfield Park for a last stop. There was a Great Blue Heron, a 1st year, a bird born last summer, putting on a great show, catching fish, preening and do what Great Blue Herons do. It was nice to wind down the morning with a little excitement with the heron. Images were taken on April 23, 2016.

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The catch, with a Bullhead

Great Blue Heron

Binomial name: Ardea herodias

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 46” long, 72” wing span

Weight: 5.3 lb

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Fish in neck

Fish in neck

Fish still in neck

Fish still in neck

Fish going down with a look

Fish going down with a look

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Preening

Preening, grooming and caring for the feathers

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

Stretching

Stretching

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Double catch! Great Blue Heron with Flathead Minnows

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

Fishing

Fishing

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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The amazing feathers!

The amazing feathers!

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Great Blue Heron with a Bullhead

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 23, 2016

  1. Ed Means says:

    Great Photos of the Great Blue Heron. Really enjoyed the album

  2. Cindy says:

    The photo with its head feathers up is my favorite. What a look!

  3. Rick Terrien says:

    Wonderful album Jim. Happy Spring!

  4. Annie says:

    Quite entertaining. Thanks Jim

  5. Frank Remfrey says:

    Great captures, Jim. Thanks for sharing.

  6. MARY SCHELD says:

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

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