Category Archives: Heron

Sharing Space

I made a joke about sharing space with a Great Blue, how big they were, and their sharp bill, in a recently article.

Well here is real sharing space.

Sharing Space
Sharing Space

This Heron flew down from a nest and I must have been blocked from view by a tree. I was too close to focus and stepped back for these. Of course he saw me but by then he was focused on a prize stick.

Sharing Space
Sharing Space
Sharing Space
Sharing Space

Got it!

Sharing Space
Sharing Space

Actually there were several so he came back a few times.

 

 

Always At Dusk

The same time every day. Around 4:30 PM the males who have a mate return from the marsh. They bring nesting sticks, an offering for being gone so long I think.

Always At Dusk
Always At Dusk
Always At Dusk
Always At Dusk

She stands to greet him, sometimes calling out a hoarse greeting.

Always At Dusk
Always At Dusk

At this time of year the sun is just dropping below the tree line. Light gets better soon, but one side of the swamp with many nests is too dark to shot.

Always At Dusk
Always At Dusk

The female may now leave the nest to hunt, or send the male back out for more materials. For the next hour the male may retrieve materials from all around the area.

Photographers look out ! When a male is in the frantic search he may not see us and at times you end up sharing the same space. And remember… almost as tall as a person and have a very long sharp bill. They get the right of way LOL.

Guarding The Spot

It starts the same way every year.

The male returns to a rookery. He may have mated here before, even been born here. This begins the new cycle.

Guarding The Spot
Guarding The Spot

Did I mention it’s boring, and they get hungry waiting. If they do leave for food chances are another Great Blue takes the spot.

Guarding The Spot
Guarding The Spot

The lucky ones find the remains from the last years hard work. Some come and find the branch, even tree, gone and they must find another suitable location.

Guarding The Spot
Guarding The Spot

Once they get situated they stand and wait for her.