Friday, August 24, 2012

Great Blue Heron - Colored Pencil Drawing

"Great Blue Heron" Colored Pencil

Near the edge of a small pond, a Great Blue Heron remains motionless. It waits patiently for a chance to strike at its unsuspecting prey. I was excited to discover this large bird spear-fishing at Buchanan Ponds. It was like meeting up with an old, familiar friend. As a kid living in Western Nebraska the Great Blue was a common sight during our excursions on the North Platte River. If we interrupted its hunting foray, the irritated bird would let out a loud croak and then fly away to a more secluded area.

This large heron’s plummage is an elegant blue-gray. Indigo and ultramarine accents on the back and wings glisten in the summer sun. The long, sinuous neck is slightly reddish and a beautiful white stripe is flecked with a black pattern. A white head is capped with deep blue and the bright yellow eyes have a dark outline. The sharp, yellow bill is a lethal weapon.

Although the Great Blue Heron is common in North America, I didn’t realize their range extended so high into the mountains. I guess it shouldn’t have come as such a surprise because the local wetlands are a perfect natural habitat. I’ve noticed this bird hunting in small ponds and wading around Evergreen Lake. I’ve also seen them flying gracefully above Bear Creek.

2 comments:

  1. Hello, Dan. Nice to meet you on Twitter. I live in South Florida, and my home backs onto a small lake. I see many tropical birds here, and in particular, the Great Blue Heron. I also see the Tri-Color Heron as well; although, he comes around much less that his blue cousin. They are magnificent, aren't they? We are certainly lucky that we can see them "in the wild."

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    1. They are beautiful birds that are fun to draw because of the various blue tones. I enjoy watching them hunt at the lake here in Evergreen.

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