Sometimes it’s a tiny twig, others half a tree.
Looking at these I think this branch was in another nest. I caught the nest thief red-handed.
Lucky for him his nest site was on top of an old Cypress. There is no way he could fly and navigate this through the middle of a bigger live tree.
There were two things here.
First the obvious, all the birds were just standing in line. Peaceful, no bickering, several different species.
Second, we can all learn something from these critters.
Well, maybe not. The Snowy Egret was jumping to the head of the line.
Still, we didn’t need to break up any arguments.
These images include 2 juvenile White Ibis, a Snowy Egret, and finally a very quiet Tricolored Heron.
This guy was watching a female, and he liked her.
He looked down to her, but no answer.
Shook himself, even snapped his beak shut hard… and that’s a big deal in Heron world.
At least he knew when to give up gracefully.
Always a good day when you get to capture the Herons busy at work.
The male brings in the materials, over and over.
Above the female greeted him with one of those long low mournful mating calls.
And finally the female accepts the sticks.
Of course if the male just stands there for a few minutes she will call or snap her beak sending out for more.
A large male Heron climbing around an old Bald Cypress in a rookery.
This was a quick test shot to see how bad the ISO was. But it came out OK, I published because of the intense look to the bird.
Great Blue Heron returning to a rookery… empty handed. No stick, no food.
He should probably just keep going.
This is one reason not to leave your nest unattended. The stick thief.
This Heron would leave his tree and rather than fly to the woods for sticks, he would raid other trees.
This is more common with Egrets, they steal the same stick from each other over and over. At least the Herons only do this once in a while.
This time he had to wait for the owner to leave.
A Heron returning with (another) stick for the nest. A non-stop effort, until she lets him take a break.
On a good afternoon there may be several males in flight at any one time. It makes for plenty of photographs…and published posts.