Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

Great Blue Heron Presenting the Stick

I had wandered away from the heron rookery when not much was going on. When I returned about an hour later this Great Blue Heron nest building action was unfolding. It was much darker in the shade than I anticipated but I didn’t want to risk loosing the stick presentation so didn’t change camera settings, ending up with underexposed images.

I liked the artsy silhouette look and look forward to another opportunity to get brighter images.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick RitualGreat Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

After the female gave the stick her approval the male lined it up for the pass off.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The female turned the stick…

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

…nearly wacking her mate in the head.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The female placed the stick in the nest while the male got a closer look and gave her a gentle nudge.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The male stood back as the female poked the stick into its proper place.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

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01/14/2018

12 thoughts on “Great Blue Heron Presenting the Stick”

  1. I must agree, such a happy accident, that the birds are in silhouette.
    I think this makes us focus on the action at hand. Witnessing a tender ritual between the two. Light and color would only have distracted us from the story.
    This series has such an intimate feel, I almost want to blush and turn away, and leave these two to their sacred moments alone.

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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