Category Archives: Heron

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

They are starting to live closer to each other. Prime nesting spots are hard to find. The Great Blue Herons are always there first and protect the location and small young.

I caught this series as the Great Egret pushed closer and closer to the Heron. Egrets may be the biggest danger to small Heron chicks. The adult Heron, while a docile species, will attack if threatened.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The following photographs are a good example of aggressive behavior in these rookeries.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above, the Great Egret was inching closer to the Heron nest. Finally the Heron stood and warned the Egret to move away.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Egrets are usually the aggressor and will fight back.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The Heron had been pushed by the Egrets for some time and ultimately attacked.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above the Egret wisely backed off. The Heron had the high ground, was protecting young, and is bigger.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

This time the Heron won the day.

Egrets are nesting in this tree below the Heron so this will be an ongoing battle.

I was pleased to be able to capture this series from start to finish (there were other shots, too many to include). You need to be in the right place at the right time. I was, this time.

 

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

I have seen this behavior before. It’s even more common with the Great Egrets.

When in an attack or defensive position the birds will almost make a show out of sharpening their beaks.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

It’s probably a form of intimidation.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Egrets have been moving in on this Great Blues nest and she has tiny young. It will take more than a single Egret to drive her away. Both Herons and Egrets will stand their ground.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Above you can see a small ‘tuft’ of feathers below the Heron.

 

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

I think the chaos is spreading. Egrets and Anhinga are loud and scrappy. Great Blues typical above it all.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

However this one was angry at another Heron for some reason and joined the fighting.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

The bird being chased may have come to close to the others nest. This would be a good reason for a chase.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

As with most disagreements it was over as fast as it started.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

These big birds do get loud though.

There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron

He was convinced there was something to catch, he just knew it.

There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron
There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron

First the Little Blue froze in place, like a stone.

There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron
There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron

Next he tilted his head, looked sideways.

There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron
There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron

Now was the ever so slow step ahead, followed by another sloooow step.

There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron
There Must be Something Here, Little Blue Heron

After a while you could almost see him shrug.

Standing up straight like he knew how wrong he had been.

He repeated this plenty of times. Ultimately there was always a catch.