Tag Archives: 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

GBH: Greeting At The Nest

I love to see the greeting sequence of the Great Blue Heron adult returning to the nest where his/her mate has been minding the home front.

Great Blue Heron Pair Greeting Great Blue Heron Pair Greeting, the one on the left has just landed

They always take a few moments to interact.

Great Blue Heron Pair Greeting Great Blue Heron Pair Greeting

The newly arrived mate has a look around, maybe counts the chicks and surveys for danger.

Great Blue Heron Pair with Chicks Great Blue Heron Pair with Chicks

Then, the GBH that had been on the nest takes a turn away to feed and hopefully bring food to the chicks.

Great Blue Heron Adult On His Way Great Blue Heron Adult On His Way

April 8, 2019
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

GBH Watching

Just over a year ago at the swamp nesting activity was in full swing as green became the predominant background color.

Great Blue Heron Watching Over Nest
Great Blue Heron Watching Over Nest

The GBH chick popped up for a look.

Great Blue Heron Watching Over Chick
Great Blue Heron Watching Over Chick

A wider view of Ravenswood Pond and the multi-nest tree: Great Blue Heron, three Great Egret, and at least two Anhinga nests.

Great Blue Heron and Great Egrets Nesting in Swamp
Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets and Anhinga Nesting in Swamp

April 5, 2019
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC