Tag Archives: Great Blue Heron

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

Interloper Rebuffed

Great Egrets are trying to move in on the already nesting Great Blue Herons. This pair is not having it.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

The GBH have at least one chick hatched in the nest at their feet.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

One Great Blue took a stance over the chick while the other drove off the Great Egret.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

The Great Egret didn’t go far, you can see him through the branches, and the parents stayed on alert.

Great Blue Herons in Nest
Great Blue Herons in Nest

March 10, 2020

Great Blue Heron Flying By

I saw this Great Blue Heron fly into the corner of the pond and expected to see him feeding.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

But he had other ideas and decided to fly back to his nest after just a minute or so.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

He lifted above the wind blown duck weed in no time.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

I was in a good spot in between to capture his flight to his nest on an island in the middle of the pond.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By, Water Spraying Off His Feet

Great Blue Heron Kerfuffle

These two Great Blue Herons flew onto the path all riled up about something, likely a territory dispute.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

The one in the rear was advancing with a menacing posture. I got to the edge of the path and backed away from them, trying to let them do their thing.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

Mr. Puffy veered off towards the pond on the left while The Strutter came closer to me.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

Mr. Puffy, just seen through the greenery, continued towards the pond while The Strutter increased the distance between them before moving to the edge of the pond.

Great Blue Herons
Great Blue Herons

Sunning by the Marsh Grass

It was a bit windy and cold on this late January day.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The few wading birds that were around huddled up against the sun drenched marsh grass.

Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

The Great Blue Heron needed space, the others, plus a Common Gallinule chose to stick together.

Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron