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Great Blue Heron On Nest

I watched this Great Blue Heron tend her nest over the course of a recent afternoon. These two images were taken about two hours apart, in the order shown.

Great Blue Heron Tending Nest
Great Blue Heron Tending Nest

The heron had been laying on the nest in between, presumably on eggs, and periodically stretched and poked at the nest. The clouds dissipated as the afternoon wore on providing a nicer blue background for the later image.

Great Blue Heron Tending Nest
Great Blue Heron Tending Nest

Overshot The Nest

This Great Egret was busy bringing sticks to the nest.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

It was quite breezy and on this landing he overshot the nest.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

Lean into it and move your neighbor off at the same time!

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

The female on the nest did not get up to receive the new nesting materials, perhaps because she was laying on eggs. The nest is skimpy looking and could use some more support before the chicks are moving about.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

GBH: Swapping Nest Duty

The Great Blue Heron on the nest usually alerts when the mate is returning giving the photographer a moment or two to figure out the direction before touch down occurs.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest

These two showed off their finery as part of the greeting ritual.

Great Blue Heron Returning to Nest
Great Blue Heron Returning to Nest

In this case the GBH that had been on the nest wasted little time on the greeting, immediately swooping off to do her thing. It was late afternoon and she wasn’t going to have much time to feed before dark.

Great Blue Heron Fleeing Nest
Great Blue Heron Fleeing Nest

Great Egret Dance and Build

This Great Egret wasn’t having much luck attracting a mate with his beautiful dancing but that didn’t stop him from working on a nest.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

He had a good location in the tree and I suspect did not want to give it upĀ  to go searching for building materials. With a mate selected one would stay on the nest site to keep intruders away.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Instead he grabbed pieces from the limbs around him, continuing to display those gorgeous tail feathers.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Taken 3/13/2019

GBH: Nest Duty

This Great Blue Heron was snoozing on the nest when I came along. I was happy to see that the tree is showing some life with some green needles appearing.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest

At one point the heron got up, stretched and ruffled himself.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest

When he settled back down he took a long time adjusting from side to side making me think the eggs might have hatched.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest

The Great Blue was keenly aware of the Great Egret encroaching on his territory. This tree, like past years, has several Great Egret nests and some of the Great Egrets aren’t paired up yet and are searching for nesting spots.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest, Great Egret Watching
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest, Great Egret Watching

Great Egret Returns with Stick

With a gracefully balanced stick a Great Egret flies to the nest he is building with his mate.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Wings out, feet ready for touch down, he glides into the tree.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Unfortunately for me, the nest is on the far side of the tree, but with no leaves out yet there is a view of the welcome home squawk.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Somehow these big birds manage to maneuver to a landing and not get tangled up with their building materials.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

2/28/2019

I’m Watching You!

The Great Blue Herons nest before the Great Egrets in this rookery and want the Great Egrets to stay back from their chosen spots.

Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle
Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle

This is with good reason: the Great Egrets’ elegance cannot hide their aggressive behaviors when they try to push other birds out.

Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle
Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle

The Great Egrets’ flying skills are unmatched and they often use their feet to make a point.

Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle
Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle

This scuffle turned out to be more about the two Great Egrets vying for space than trying to take over the Great Blue Heron’s spot. That might come next.

Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle
Great Blue Heron Watches Great Egret Scuffle