Here I was able to capture a photograph of the “Prodigal Son’ returning to his rookery.
If you look at the Heron flying here you may notice a duller coloring than the other Great Blue images published here lately. Most of the long top knot feathers and flowing chest plumage are missing also.
This is a bird that continues to land in others nests. The adults are less than pleased and chase him immediately.
The general thought here, he is a late born juvenile from last year. Most likely living in the nearby marsh and now with mating season he has found groups of other Herons.
I shot this photograph about a week ago but never looked at the day’s work. Glad I found it since it is interesting to see these birds return. That’s an important sign of the health for this rookery.