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Great Blue Heron, Color By Azalea

A Great Blue Heron was stalking in chest high, to him, Iris fronds, at one of the small ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. A few blooming Azaleas can be seen in the background.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron Wading Through Iris Fronds

I moved right, the GBH moved left, and briefly got him lined up with the color.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron, Azaleas in Background

The Great Blue kept on moving down into the water giving me a different perspective of the pink reflections.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron, Azaleas

March 23, 2021

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

Slowly, slowly a Great Blue Heron waded into the pond.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

Something in this tangle of last year’s hibiscus growth caught his attention.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

He tried a couple of “foot up” efforts to lean in.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

I kept expecting him to reach in and nab something, but he had to get closer…

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

…  it wasn’t a very graceful maneuver.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

He got his balance.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

Then stared into the vegetation, and stared some more.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

Finally I moved on and when I’d rounded the corner  the GBH was flying to the bank.  I couldn’t tell if he had success on his hunt or not.

Great Blue Heron On The Hunt
Great Blue Heron On The Hunt

I think that cement thing is an old planter and one of the smaller bridges to nowhere is beyond it.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
March 12, 2021

Great Blue Heron Bringing Nest Material

This Great Blue Heron had been poking around the edge of the pond for quite awhile before deciding on this stick.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Flying With Nest Material

It’s hard to tell from a distance, but I would not be surprised if a stick got hung up in the tree on one of these trips.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Flying With Nest Material

This time he made a successful delivery.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Flying With Nest Material

The couple take plenty of breaks, nest building goes in fits and starts, while another GBH is likely laying on eggs on the nest below.

Great Blue Heron Pair on Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair on Nest

Floundering GBH Couple, Round 2

I arrived at the nest of the  Floundering GBH Couple a few days later just as they started to mate.

Great Blue Heron Pair Mating
Great Blue Heron Pair Mating

A quick love bite on the neck

Great Blue Heron Pair Mating
Great Blue Heron Pair Mating

Some tricky maneuvering among the limbs proved they have the mating part figured out

Great Blue Heron Pair Mating
Great Blue Heron Pair Mating

The male quickly flew off in search of nest material…

Great Blue Heron Going For Stick
Great Blue Heron Going For Stick

He promptly returned with a small offering…

Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest

…much to the female’s delight.

Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest

The nest is bigger than last week, but it still has a bit to go before it is family ready.

Floundering GBH Couple

She was at the nest, waiting expectantly as her mate returned, making a grand entrance.

Great Blue Heron pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron pair at Nest, Scrawny Nest

He came empty-beaked: no sticks, no food.

Great Blue Heron pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron pair at Nest

And tried to defend his actions.

Great Blue Heron pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron pair at Nest

Notice how small the nest is; no where near ready for a family.

Great Blue Heron pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron pair at Nest

There seemed to be some disagreement about what to do next.

Great Blue Heron pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron pair at Nest

Restless Great Blue Heron

This was the scene under the Spoonbill Tree at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on a recent cold and windy morning. The Roseate Spoonbills were wisely at the back of the pond, tucked under a bigger tree.

Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants

A few Gallinules were popping in and out view and the Great Blue Heron seemed on the verge of doing something as he repositioned several times.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

The GBH moved back into the water when a Great Egret appeared. This dead tree, which has been a great perch for a Roseate Spoonbills over the last few years,  has taken another step towards its end as another good size limb has fallen off this winter.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Great Egret

I was expecting the Heron to drive off the other birds the way he came back around the front of the island all puffed up.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

But he decided to ignore whatever was going on behind him at least for the moment, as one lone gull paddled by.

Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull

February 4, 2021

Another Stick for the Nest

After the Stuck Stick episode the Great Blue Herons had better luck with the next try.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

Once the Heron turns you can see this is also a long stick.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

The female sees her mate coming…

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

and throws her head back in a hearty welcome.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest – the stuck stick still in place towards the left

February 10, 2021