This is one of the series we always look to catch. One of the mates returning to the nest after a long absence. It can be frustrating too.
At times there is action happening in other parts of the swamp, but you know he must return soon, it’s getting dark. Well, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t.
This time he did and she was happy to see him.
They chatted back and forth for a while. I only see Herons do this.
Finally she gave him a hug. Yes, they will hug (wrap necks like above) after being separated. Again, common for Great Blues but have never seen another species do this.
After a bit it was back to household chores.
Charleston, South Carolina.