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Juvenile Little Blue Heron Hunting

A juvenile Little Blue Heron poked along the edge of a pond in between some Cypress knees looking for a meal.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He quickly swallowed a couple of small finds.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Late blooming red Azalea

After a bit he flew up onto a bridge railing and showed off his mottled blue coloration. Sometime in their second year the Little Blues become fully blue.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Wood Duck Family With Turtle

Alligator ramps around the pond provide a fairly safe and dry spot for the Wood Duck ducklings to dry off and preen.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

The Yellow-bellied Slider seemed oblivious to their occupation of his sunny spot.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Mama Wood Duck stayed in the water, patrolling for safety. Other times I have observed this there has been a Wood Duck drake nearby, also on alert, but I did not see one this time.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Juvenile Little Blue Heron On The Hunt

If this juvenile Little Blue Heron’s presence was any indication this pond-side vegetation must harbor a lot of snacks.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Last spring I spotted him feeding here every time I passed by for several weeks in a row.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Step and poke, back and forth.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Success! A bird this size has to find an awful lot of small creatures to consume to survive– a full time occupation.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

April 15, 2019

 

 

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

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

Twin Eagle Follow Up

On March 8th I walked by the nest featured in my March 3rd post:  It’s Twins, Eagles That Is!

I only saw one of the juveniles and didn’t spot an adult in the area. It’s a poor view and the lighting was bad. But it’s an Eagle!

Juvenile Eagle, March 8
Juvenile Eagle, March 8

On March 16th I went by and again only saw one juvenile. If anything, the lighting was worse. The trees around the pine are starting to leaf out making a clean view difficult.

Juvenile Eagle, March 16
Juvenile Eagle, March 16

One of the adults was perched on the other side of the nest. You can see the that the nest is big enough that the second juvenile could be there and not be seen.

Adult Bald Eagle on Nest
Adult Bald Eagle on Nest

 

It’s Twins, Eagles That Is!

I’ve been by this nest a few times this winter and not seen or heard any sign that it was occupied. I was quite surprised to see these two juvenile Bald Eagles peering out.

Juvenile Bald Eagles
Juvenile Bald Eagles

This is the nest from the other side. I’m guessing it is at least 50 feet (15 meters) off the ground.

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle Nest

I was not aware that one of the adults was there until looking at this images at home. Just above center in the middle of this image you can see the wing and part of the adult Eagle head.

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle Nest

Taken February 27, 2020