A small number of Great Blue Herons have returned to our area and started working on finding a mate and a nest, not necessarily in that order. The view-able nests from last year are reduced to just a few twigs and are going to require a lot of nestoration to make them able to hold eggs.
Below is the long side of the pond to the left of the scene above. This afternoon the light was ideal and the water was still for a reflection shot. We’ll be returning here often to photograph the Great Blues work on their homes and families.
This is about three weeks before we saw this same activity last winter. It seems early and hopefully the coming January cold will not push the herons to abandon their nests.