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Tale Of Two Herons, Both Back At The Nest

Even though they can fly, and almost hunt, both return to the nest.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Both Back At The Nest – Click To Enlarge

Unlike other Heron siblings these 2 actually greet each other when they meet.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Both Back At The Nest – Click To Enlarge

I have seen other nest mates be much less friendly towards siblings.

 

Tale Of Two Herons: Discovering Shade Trees

Great Blue Heron nests are out in the sun, top of trees, surrounded by water. This means right out in the (southern) sun. By May and June that’s hot.

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Not only did these two learn the joy of flight, but they can now land in a tree, in the shade. And that apparently is a big deal to them.

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The young birds kept the nest in sight, even flew back when an Egret landed there. The shade kept drawing them back. Can’t say I blame them.

Tale Of Two Herons: Figuring Things Out

This is one of the young Herons, strolling down a trail. The nest is still in sight so if things go bad it’s a quick trip home.

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The difference in the 2 birds we followed and a few others on the far side is striking. The ‘tale’ chicks walk around and fly close to the trails and people. The others not so much.

Our 2 have seen people watching them since birth. They are more concerned with the Egrets than me.

Tale Of Two Herons: Empty Nest

It seems, finally, that both young Great Blue Herons have moved off. At least most of the time. I did have doubts about the younger chick since there was little interest in flying. At one point I had thought perhaps he was injured during one of the Egret attacks.

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Watching the older sibling flying around the swamp probably prompted flight.

They do return here out of habit. But I have seen them enjoying the shade in trees rather than out in the hot sun. By now the adults rarely bring food.

As I watch and find them I will continue to photograph their progress. However it won’t be long until they blend in with all the other young herons that live here.

It’s a difficult life but they made the first, and most important, step.

Tale Of Two Herons: Final Portrait

It looks to have a happy ending. These two survived to (almost) adulthood.

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Both of the young from this nest (the one we tracked) are flying. I have not seen them both off at the same time, but photographer friends have.

They still return to the nest, and a meal is delivered from time to time. But now they have the next phase, hunting on their own.

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The image above is the younger of the two. Still mystified how the big ‘brother’ just goes off on his own in the air.

With luck we will have a few more photographs before they disappear for good. Food, and then travel (South America maybe) is next.

Tale Of Two Herons, Side By Side

What may be one of the last photographs of this pair. After all the adventures together just to reach this point the photo here seems almost anti-climatic.

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Tale Of Two Heron, Side By Side – Click To Enlarge

The older will fly off and explore, only to return to find the young one just sitting. One day soon both will go and none of us will know how the story continues.

Tale Of Two Herons: Egret Attack

It wasn’t more than 5 minutes after the first young Heron took flight that an Egret attacked. A single young Heron chick is fair game for aggressive Egrets. They see them as an easier target.

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The Egret took up the usual location of a higher branch to stand over a chick.

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The young bird had survived several other attacks and was not a baby any longer.

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In fact he was just as big, and maybe heavier than the attacking bird. So the Heron went on the offensive. He stood back up and moved to a higher spot.

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At that point the Great Egret moved up the tree and stopped immediately.

I think at this point there will not be too many more Egret attacks.