A Last Feeding, Herons - click to enlarge

A Last Feeding, Herons

These photographs captured one of the last feedings of these juveniles. They had reached almost the same size as the adult. I’m sure she felt it was time to take a break.

A Last Feeding, Herons - click to enlarge
A Last Feeding, Herons – click to enlarge

A few days after these were taken I returned to find an empty nest. The large juvenile had been taking short flights so I’m sure they ‘found’ their wings.

A Last Feeding, Herons - click to enlarge
A Last Feeding, Herons – click to enlarge
A Last Feeding, Herons - click to enlarge
A Last Feeding, Herons – click to enlarge
A Last Feeding, Herons - click to enlarge
A Last Feeding, Herons – click to enlarge

I don’t know the numbers, but I think a large number of the Great Blue Heron chicks survived this year. I’m certain the percentage was better than last year. We did have less nesting pairs this year so the net gain to the population may have been about the same.

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