Forum Index > Pacific NW History > Animals in unexpected places
 Reply to topic
Previous :: Next Topic
Author     Message
AA+
Bowregard
Member
Member


Joined: 05 Feb 2019
Posts: 240 | TRs | Pics
Location: Sammamish
Bowregard
Member
PostSun Nov 07, 2021 8:02 pm 
I was referring to the Great Blue Heron. I have seen loons up in Canada take off hundreds of times from mountain lakes (we used to go fishing up there all the time). Loons do appear to have to work at it but you can see their process incrementally increases their speed until they can gain enough lift to make some elevation. Blue Heron on the other hand just extend their huge wingspan and try to brute force themselves directly off the water (almost vertical). The first time I saw this we were out in a boat on Pine Lake about 50ft from one when it took flight and it took 3 or 4 tries. Each time it failed it would land back in the water and compose itself before trying again. I had no idea they could launch from the water at all and it was really a shocking thing to watch. I did a quick search for it but came up empty. They have no trouble at all taking off from a standing position in the water but if the water is too deep for them to stand up it becomes quite a challenge.

Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
   All times are GMT - 8 Hours
 Reply to topic
Forum Index > Pacific NW History > Animals in unexpected places
  Happy Birthday nwbobcat!
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy