Great Blue Herons, Courting

Great Blue Herons, Courting

A female has arrived, and might be interested in a partner already.

The ‘stick ritual’  has begun.

Great Blue Herons, Courting
Great Blue Herons, Courting

The female liked the nest and right away the male started offering sticks. It’s a lot like buying her flowers.

Great Blue Herons, Courting
Great Blue Herons, Courting
Great Blue Herons, Courting
Great Blue Herons, Courting

While she didn’t take this stick, she didn’t fly off either.

There will be sticks, fights, even hugs, building a bond. They need that, when things get serious young Herons are a lot of work.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Great Blue Herons, Courting”

  1. Is it that time of year already? I was wondering when they start getting their breeding plumage down here. Where we are now there is not a lot of birds at the moment, I see the ocassional rare bird and then I don’t see any the next day.

    1. It’s early for this, but not 😃. The Great Blue start first. Now they are in the first steps but typically we get a cold spell which slows things down. Mid January the big Herons get serious, a month later the Great Egrets and Anhinga, finally May the small wading birds. Climate changes things, but this is the usual path.

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