Tag Archives: Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons Tucked in the Grass

It was a morning for Great Blue Herons to stay tucked into the grass, not quite hiding. In this first image the heron is standing in a tidal creek, the sun had just come up but was behind a low bank of clouds.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass

The second one I spotted was on the edge of a canal around one of the old rice fields.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass

A little later on the sun became brighter, highlighting the change in color in the grass around this pond from green to autumn browns and golds. Wading birds often gather on the edges of these hillocks of marsh grass, uncaring about the passing Alligators.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass, Alligators moving on by

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
October 2, 2020

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