Tag Archives: Nesting

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

Great Blue Heron Family in the Skinny Tree

The “Skinny Tree” still stands and this breeding season a Great Blue Heron pair is raising a family here. Three chicks hatched and two have succumbed.

Great Blue Heron Alert to Incoming Mate
Great Blue Heron Alert to Incoming Mate – The chick’s head fuzz is just visible by the adult’s left leg

Somehow, the GBH on the nest knew the mate was about to land.

Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest

The Great Blues give each other the showiest greetings when one returns.

Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest

All that taken care of, it’s time to feed junior.

Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest, One Adult Feeding Junveile
Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest, Adult Feeding Juvenile

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

Great Egrets: Building The Nest

Great Egrets’ primary nesting material is sticks. The males go back and forth fetching whatever loose stick or twig they can find around the rookery.

Great Egret Flying With Stick
Great Egret Flying With Stick

The female often makes a big display when he returns to the nest site.

Great Egret Flying To Mate With Stick
Great Egret Flying To Mate With Stick

It is common to see the pair work the stick into place together, although the female will continue to manipulate it after he leaves for the next piece.

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest
Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest

In this last image you can see that this pair has a lot of work still to do before she lays eggs.

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest
Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest

March 6, 2022

Great Blue Heron Sentinel

A Great Blue Heron looking snazzy and with possession of one of the prime nesting spots at the rookery,

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest - January 9
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest – January 9

A different view a few days later.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest - January 13
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest – January 13

There are now three chicks in this nest, although they didn’t show themselves while I was looking.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest – February 24

The Skinny Tree, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
February 24, 2022

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

A fellow photographer pointed out this nest where he had seen three Yellow-crowned Night-heron chicks the day before. With the fuzzy head and how he was mostly laying down I’d guess a week or 10 days old.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick

After a bit the first chick and one nest-mate, rather camouflaged to the right in the twigs, stood up for a look around.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

From a different angle a quarter of a way around the tree I spotted one chick. He looked older, but it’s hard to say for sure with the curtain of Spanish Moss.

If you zoom in you’ll see an eye of a second bird to the left of the standing bird, at nest-top level, just before the big clump of Spanish Moss.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
June 27, 2021