Category Archives: Heron

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself

Sometimes it’s a tiny twig, others half a tree.

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself

Looking at these I think this branch was in another nest. I caught the nest thief red-handed.

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself

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.

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself

 

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

There were two things here.

First the obvious, all the birds were just standing in line. Peaceful, no bickering, several different species.

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us
Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

Second, we can all learn something from these critters.

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us
Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

Well, maybe not. The Snowy Egret was jumping to the head of the line.

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us
Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

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.

 

Trying To Get Her Attention

This guy was watching a female, and he liked her.

Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention

He looked down to her, but no answer.

Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention

Shook himself, even snapped his beak shut hard… and that’s a big deal in Heron world.

Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention

At least he knew when to give up gracefully.

Great Blue Nest Building

Always a good day when you get to capture the Herons busy at work.

Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building

The male brings in the materials, over and over.

Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building

Above the female greeted him with one of those long low mournful mating calls.

Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building

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.

Stealing Sticks

This is one reason not to leave your nest unattended. The stick thief.

Stealing Sticks
Stealing Sticks

This Heron would leave his tree and rather than fly to the woods for sticks, he would raid other trees.

Stealing Sticks
Stealing Sticks

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.

Stealing Sticks
Stealing Sticks
Stealing Sticks
Stealing Sticks

This time he had to wait for the owner to leave.