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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Great Blue Heron...


Great Blue Heron, you just made my day!  Were you too cold to fly?  








17 comments:

  1. He or she is beautiful. I have never actually seen one before. What wonderful sight to see. Is he usually around in the cold weather or is he a sign of Spring?

    I think he was checking out those open waters for a little fishing.

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    1. Julie, I raelly think these big birds are pretty much year-round habitants here. I have wondered if they might leave during the hottest days of summer. However, on one of the hottest days of last summer, I got a good shot of a great white heron. I will scribble notes in my journal this year. Until yesterday, this one would give wing as soon as he saw me.

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  2. Great shot Mary, we have a blue Heron we call George who is often spotted on the river bank across the road. He flies over our house almost everyday to fish in the brook next to our house. They have such a massive wing span when they fly don't they!

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    1. Judi, I think the herons are beautiful in flight. I see them crusing over with their enormous wings and folded neck, going from one pond or stream to another. I wonder if they have a schedule for which pond or stream they fish in, and when.

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  3. How majestic he is...isn't it a privilege to see such beauty? Enjoy!

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    1. Jan, I was glad to get this shot because he always quickly takes to wing when he sees me. I love the long, plume-like feathers on the lower neck and back.

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  4. I bet he was waiting for an unsuspecting fish to come up to the surface. Great picture. We have them along the Niagara River at this time of year because there is open water in which to hunt.
    Enjoy the day.
    Susan x

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    1. Susan, I am sure you are right about waiting for an unsuspecting fish. I read that the heron delivers a deathblow with a quick thrust of his sharp bill, and then the prey is swallowed whole. I was surprised to learn they remain that far north throughout winter. Now I know why they have those long, plume-like feathers on their lower neck and back.

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    1. Ernestine, I read that they are the same except for color. The white ones are exceptionally beautiful too.

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  6. A beautiful bird for sure. We have them here too, but they don't have that long hair around the neck, atleast not as much as you would notice it. we always love to see them.

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    1. Martha, I love the wild critters...almost as much as I love dolls!

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  7. What a beautiful photo of a beautiful creature! Hope this finds you staying warm!

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    1. I do think the herons are beautiful, especially in flight. But, when I showed these photos to the Bossman, he said something about a rather homely creature.

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  8. Awesome photo. Occasionally I see them flying down the creek, but they are going so fast. I think this bird was posing just for you. We had more snow today, but the temp got up to 28. Yee Haw

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    1. Sherri, you are so right...they do fly fast! I was beginning to think I would never get a good shot of this one. In the first photo, I think he must have one leg drawn up next to his body to warm it up. Then in the second one he has lowered it down. What do you think? The weather man said we would see some snow today...didn't happen! Yee Haw here too!

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  9. Hi Chipbutter, loved your pictures today of the Blue Heron! We had one down our way a couple of years ago and I walked out one day to find him standing on top of my new car. He was huge. It was lovely to see him up so close. We often see the smaller white herons, but the beautiful big blue ones are a treat. I hope you have a nice evening ahead! Delisa :)

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