Saturday, January 4, 2014

Great Blue Heron, Reservoir, Lexington

As is customary, I made my annual winter pilgrimage to the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky today. After I left the horse farms I drove over to the Reservoir in Lexington. I read on ebird.org that there were waterfowl on the lake. As luck would have it there were several Great Blue Herons fishing for a meal on the lake. And I got to add Ruddy Duck and Bufflehead Duck to my Bird Life List. I just didn't get great images of these Ducks which shouldn't be a big surprise as they are usually out in the water too far away to get a good shot. The Ruddy Duck, which I didn't realize was a diving duck, would dive into the water, disappear for 30-45 seconds and then resurface. I had no idea they stayed under water that long, but yes, they do.


It's not often I can get a really close up image of a Heron as they are very finicky birds, but this Heron stayed put and was close enough to the road that cuts through the lake for me to get a good shot. I made a mental note to visit the Reservoir in Spring to check out what birds stop by on their northern migration. On a different note, Kentucky has a winter storm watch tomorrow. Snow and wintry mix is predicted. Then the temps take a deep nose dive and Monday and Tuesday it is forecasted to be -7. OMG! That will set a thirty year record if it happens. ENJOY!

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  1. What a beautiful capture, Carol. Such a great bird. Stay safe in the coming storm. Pamela

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    1. You are so kind Pamela. Stay warm.

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  2. He reminds me of a Zen master - practicing his focus and balance. Much snow here - a good powder day. Minus 15 possible for tomorrow. Let's keep warm!

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    1. Barb I hope you are out in the snow today skiing.

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    2. Carol, I rode the lift yesterday with a girl from Kentucky - I thought of you. She said they passed through Lexington in snow on their way here! Also said the water main at their street froze. (She seemed to be enjoying the cold and snow here in Breckenridge!)

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    3. Barb, she must be from southeast Kentucky. I hope you are enjoying the slopes.

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  3. Beautiful close-up, the feather detail is wonderful, he is a "Stately Fellow", Hope you stay safe and warm in the forecasted storm. Greetings from Jean

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