Tag Archives: Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, Two Views

Standing in a tree that in other years has hosted many wading bird nests, this Great Blue Heron was surveying the morning scene.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

I moved along the pond edge, the Heron turned his head, and the freshly green tree looks quite lush behind him. I’m still surprised there isn’t a single nest in this tree.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29, 2022

Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris

Yellow Iris are in bloom around one of the more manicured ponds where the Great Blue Herons hunt.

Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris
Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris

As they generally do, this heron took his time, watching the water carefully.

Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris
Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris, Cypress Knees

When I moved on the GBH stayed put, even as I walked behind him.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 29, 2022

Location, Location, Not This Location

Some green is starting to appear on the Cypress trees around the rookery, including in the tree that in previous years was THE sought after location. Multiple Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Anhinga pairs vied for the best spots.

Great Egret, Wind Fluffed
Great Egret, Wind Fluffed, Another Great Egret and Great Blue Heron Behind

This year it has been empty, only occasionally serving as a rest spot, at least so far.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 25, 2022

Meanwhile, Level 2 of the Skinny Tree

Or, The Challenge

I know you are down there!

Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder
Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder

And I want you to leave!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Not going!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Says who?

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Oh, I think you are!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron won this round when the Great Egret took off but it was less then ten minutes and he came back.

The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret working nest below
The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret hasn’t made much progress on his nest down below

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 15, 2022