Category Archives: Heron

Working Through The Swamp, Heron

As the Herons gather more nesting material they start to forage further from the rookery. It doesn’t take long for all the easy sticks to be taken.

These are big birds, yet they fly between and around trees and grasses with little problem.

Working Through The Swamp, Heron - click to enlarge
Working Through The Swamp, Heron – click to enlarge

This is just about the perfect time of year to photograph Great Blue Herons in flight. Some afternoons they are non stop.

Waiting For My Princess, Heron

If the males arrive in a rookery too early there is a lot of waiting, and called, and waiting again.

Waiting For My Princess, Heron - click to enlarge
Waiting For My Princess, Heron – click to enlarge

If the weather suddenly gets cold females don’t feel the need to hurry.

Waiting For My Princess, Heron - click to enlarge
Waiting For My Princess, Heron – click to enlarge

Boys being boys they don’t get it. If my call doesn’t work, I’ll call louder.

Waiting For My Princess, Heron - click to enlarge
Waiting For My Princess, Heron – click to enlarge

Still nothing…

Looking Over A Swamp, Heron

There is a spot in this swamp that Great Blue Herons can sit, gather nesting material, or just hide.

When here they can be missed since your attention is suddenly focused on the open water and rookery area in front of you.

Looking Over A Swamp, Heron - click to enlarge
Looking Over A Swamp, Heron – click to enlarge

The photographs there are best shot a little wide (for me a lot wide at times) to capture the thick trees, colors, and moss.

Male Great Blue Passing The Stick

Part of the initial mating ritual for the male Great Blue Heron is to bring the ‘perfect’ stick to his new mate.

Part of the female ritual is to throw a few away.

Male Great Blue Passing The Stick - click to enlarge
Male Great Blue Passing The Stick – click to enlarge

It’s going to be a busy 4 months so she needs to set the rules right from the start.

Playing In The Mud

The word got out about low water in the rice fields. Amazing how quickly they all find out.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

There were even Ring-billed Gulls that came up river to join the locals.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

There were plenty of White Ibis and Egrets.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

This marsh area is big so not all the birds flocked together.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

Great Egrets and especially Herons tend to stay off on their own. Above you can see, on the left, the long tail of another looking to feed.