All posts by Ellen Jennings

American Avocets

I watched a group of American Avocets milling around in a shallow pond, some wading and some flying in small hops following whatever they were feeding on.

American Avocets American Avocets

Two did fly by fairly close to me and I hoped they would land for a close up shot, but they kept right on going to the other side of the pond.

American Avocets in Flight American Avocets in Flight

Another group landed a bit closer, then waded out of view.

American Avocets in Flight American Avocets in Flight

Taken 2/25/2019

Overshot The Nest

This Great Egret was busy bringing sticks to the nest.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

It was quite breezy and on this landing he overshot the nest.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

Lean into it and move your neighbor off at the same time!

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

The female on the nest did not get up to receive the new nesting materials, perhaps because she was laying on eggs. The nest is skimpy looking and could use some more support before the chicks are moving about.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

GBH: Swapping Nest Duty

The Great Blue Heron on the nest usually alerts when the mate is returning giving the photographer a moment or two to figure out the direction before touch down occurs.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest

These two showed off their finery as part of the greeting ritual.

Great Blue Heron Returning to Nest
Great Blue Heron Returning to Nest

In this case the GBH that had been on the nest wasted little time on the greeting, immediately swooping off to do her thing. It was late afternoon and she wasn’t going to have much time to feed before dark.

Great Blue Heron Fleeing Nest
Great Blue Heron Fleeing Nest

Great Egret Dance and Build

This Great Egret wasn’t having much luck attracting a mate with his beautiful dancing but that didn’t stop him from working on a nest.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

He had a good location in the tree and I suspect did not want to give it upĀ  to go searching for building materials. With a mate selected one would stay on the nest site to keep intruders away.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Instead he grabbed pieces from the limbs around him, continuing to display those gorgeous tail feathers.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Taken 3/13/2019