Around here when you hear wings flapping, twigs falling…and they are real close you don’t move.
In a rookery getting that special stick can be the most important thing to the big birds.
The best thing you can do, besides wearing a hat, is slowly look up with the camera.
I discovered this when we first moved here. One day twigs and branches rained down on me. That time it was a Great Blue. They want even bigger branches.