“Preening Heron”

Great Blue Heron

 

My latest painting of a preening Great Blue Heron. The reference photos were taken at a nearby waterfowl refuge. I watched him for quite a while perched on that little log, on a windy day. His feathers were blowing about in the wind and I was amazed he was able to maintain his stance. This is a 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas painting. I’m still tweaking things a bit, as I always do when I “finish” a painting, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Once I’m finished “tweaking” things, I’ll add a larger image to the bird gallery.

Bell’s Landing – Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

About an hour’s drive from my home is a place called “Bell’s Landing.” Its part of a wildlife preserve but folks are allowed to fish there with certain restrictions. I like to go there because of sights like this. The day I photographed this Great Blue Heron was quite windy as you can see from the raised feather patches on his body. Both he and I were fighting to stand in the strong wind and I was lucky not to get blown over as I tried to capture this bird with my camera.