The ‘Prodigal Son’ returns. But not to the welcome he expected.
This first year juvenile mostly likely was born in this rookery.
I watched him fly in and do large circles over both the swamp and rookery. You could see this was not his first visit, but he/she was also too young to be nesting.
Several times the Heron landed next to birds building their nests, as if he belonged. He was told to move on…vigorously. Sorry no free meals, you’re an adult now.
Most likely a late born chick from here who has lived in the nearby marshes until now. From the looks of this bird I believe we have photographed him recently.