When Herons Stretch Their Wings

As a photographer who’s always up for an adventure, I recently found myself at Charleston Lake in Arkansas, on the lookout for my next great shot. I was not disappointed. That’s because I located the Great Blue Heron that stays at this lake.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Oh great, another boring bird post.” But hold on, because this is far from it!

As I was snapping away, I noticed the Great Blue Heron doing something that was just too good to be true. It stretched its leg and wing behind it, like it was about to break out into a full-on yoga session. I mean, who doesn’t love a good stretch, right? I couldn’t help but laugh and snap away.

When Herons Stretch Their Wings

When Herons Stretch Their Wings

Not only was this moment hilarious, but it was also a heartwarming reminder of the beauty and grace of these creatures. The Great Blue Herons play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of the aquatic food chain, and this photo shows just how powerful and flexible they are. It’s like they’re saying, “Yeah, we eat fish for breakfast, but we also do yoga and meditation.”

In conclusion, my adventure at Charleston Lake was a reminder that sometimes, the best moments in nature come when you least expect it. So, keep your cameras (and your sense of humor) ready, because you never know when a heron is going to bust out its yoga moves.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11 IS STM


  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: February 9, 2023 (09:38 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250
  • ISO: 800 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm (Fixed)

About the Author:

Steve Creek is a wildlife photographer living in Arkansas who is passionate about capturing images that reveal the beauty and behaviors of animals in nature. Known for his exceptional skills in photographing species like birds, deer, and foxes, Creek spends extensive time observing his subjects in order to capture the perfect moment. Through his nationally published photographs and informative blog, Creek advocates for wildlife conservation by increasing awareness of the importance of protecting natural resources. Overall, Creek is a talented photographer dedicated to portraying the intricacies of the natural world.