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Will These Sticks Make a Nest? Yes!

In mid February I posed a question “Will These Sticks Make a Nest?”  with doubts about the whole thing staying put.

This is one of my images from that post showing the scrawny nest and poor housing support.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest – February

I’ve been back a couple times since then and seen the parents had built the nest up quite a bit and two chicks had hatched.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron in nest

I finally got some decent images this week.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron

There was just the one chick. Most of the other GBH chicks in nearby nests have fledged. Sometimes the young will return to the nest even after they are feeding themselves, probably for familiarity.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron

If this one hasn’t flown he will soon as the parents stop bringing food at some point and he’ll have no choice.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Catching Fish

Great Blue Herons are known for stealthy, slow hunting.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

This fellow defied the norm when he caught and swallowed three fish in a matter of two or three minutes.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

The long feather sticking up is part of the breeding plumage.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

He is likely eating for a family. The adults fly back to the nest then regurgitate the food for the chick(s).

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

It will take a lot of these little fish to sustain the adult and chicks.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

Nesting Tree

The Great Egret showing off is surrounded by other nests in this “tree condo.” It’s a favorite spot because the tree is surrounded by water, reducing potential attacks from snakes and raccoons.

Two juvenile Great Blue Herons that hadn’t yet learned to fly were in their nest in front of the displaying Egret. In the layer behind there are at least two Great Egret nests and two Anhinga nests.

Tree of Nesting Birds
Tree of Nesting Birds

Taken last April, the trees had leafed out enough to make a lush surrounding, unlike when the Great Blue Herons start nesting and dull grey limbs are everywhere.

April 13, 2019

Great Blue Heron Hunting in a Stream

I was rather surprised to see a Great Blue Heron hunting in this outlet stream from one of the small ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Great Blue Heron Hunting
Great Blue Heron Hunting

I’ve seen Green Heron here before, but never the larger birds in with this tangle of downed trees and brush.

Great Blue Heron Hunting
Great Blue Heron Hunting

His footing was a bit precarious and I didn’t see him catch anything. After a few minutes he flew to the pond where at least there was more room for him to maneuver.

Great Blue Heron Hunting
Great Blue Heron Hunting

February 11, 2020