When I first found this rookery I was not aware of the lengths some Herons go for that ‘perfect’ stick. I actually found out the hard way.
At the time it never occurred to me they would be up in the branches pulling things apart. I was walking on a trail, all alone, and suddenly things were falling all around me.
Above is pretty much what I saw that morning. Now I’m better prepared, and yes I do look up now. They may be huge, but they are birds.
There is still some mystery about what makes one stick better than another but apparently there is a difference. This Heron is obviously focused on a special one.
He did eventually get it and flew off with the prize.