Unbegrudging Concentration

July 8, 2011

Great Blue Heron at Green Lake

Heron and small waves

“. . . the unbegrudging concentration of the heron”
— Seamus Heaney, from “Drifting Off”

I see this heron feeding near a culvert at Green Lake nearly every morning between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m.  Isn’t it wonderful to see wildlife in the city?  The last time I saw it, I noticed that one leg was lame.  It had been injured by fishing line, that was still entangled around the leg.  I called a wildlife rescue organization to report it.  Don’t know what will happen.

Heron on the dock at Green Lake

Such a small head viewed from this angle!

Leg injured by fishing line

The difficulty of capturing a heron in flight -- blurred feathers

Great Blue Heron and its reflection in the water



4 Responses to “Unbegrudging Concentration”

  1. I saw the rescue ambulance for the Sarvey Wildlife Center at the Green Lake parking lot today, so I was able to ask about the heron. They captured it and have it under evaluation. The injury hasd apparently healed over the fishing line — looks like there was tendon damage. At least the bird is in good hands.

  2. Hallysann Says:

    Lovely pics, nice to have an update on the heron’s leg. Hope they can do something to help.

  3. We often see herons, but never manage to be close/quick enough to get worthwhile pictures. So glad to hear you could get the injured leg into care.

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