Great Blue Heron

Stick Shopping

Great Blue Herons put a lot of work into making a good nest. Once a pair is established the male becomes responsible for bringing the sticks. Obtaining them can be quite an ordeal. This GBH decided to make a selection from a tree.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Their beaks are pretty strong and they often can snap off a branch, if only they can decide which one. Up here:

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Down here:

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Success, with a little Spanish Moss thrown in:

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Of course now the female has to accept and place the stick. More than once I’ve seen an inferior stick get tossed into the water.

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