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Great Blue Heron Chicks

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These Great Blue Heron chicks were in two adjacent nests in a huge Pine Tree located in a privately operated park near my home here in Florida.  The nests, called “rookeries”, were up about 30′ in the tree.  The tree is close to a man-made Koi pond where there appears also to be some Red-eared Turtles, frogs and Mosquito Fish.  The Koi fish are extra-large and certain sections of the pond are protected by bird wire.

The Great Blue Heron chicks in one nest were older and almost ready to fly.  The two chicks in the second nest were much younger than the other trio.  There was a brief period of utter chaos when one parent fed the three chicks!  Heron legs, bills, necks, wings and bodies all were twisted in a comical manner.  This feeding also was accompanied by a lot of squawking!  The parent herons each flew off and left the chicks.  I never saw the parents of the two smaller babies.  Birds often leave the offspring while hunting.  I took these pictures very  early yesterday evening (4-14-13),  just before it started to rain a bit.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Great Blue Heron Chicks" (13)

  1. so cool that you get to watch them!

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, their nest is pretty visible from a main part of this privately maintained park. The park is open to the public but does not allow pets and does not have any sports or picnic areas. It is mostly a garden-like meditation sort of place. Very beautiful park. Thanks for the nice comment. Have an exceptionally great day!

  2. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to Boston, MA tonight. Praying for victims and their families, for first responders, for athletes, residents, tourists, and people in surrounding areas of MA.

  3. Very cool seeing the heron chicks, great shots! The rookeries are a neat find. Have a happy week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, This is the first time I have seen heron chicks fairly close-up. It was thrilling. Won’t have a lot of opportunities to watch the chicks for long as three are nearly ready to fledge and go. But then, maybe the younger chicks and possibly next season’s chicks. Have a wonderful week!

  4. What an opportunity, seeing and watching two heron families! Very cool shots! Perhaps Hank has been traveling?

  5. Wow—awesome photos and it’s neat that you are close enough to see the little chicks. Terrific opportunity in your new home!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, These are so cool to watch. Lots of activity and that squawk that these birds sound-off with. A nest full of active chicks, for sure. I hope you are having fine weather and your garden is blooming. Have a fine day today!

  6. Great catch on the babies and family! It’s great that they are so close to where you live.

    • Hi dina, Many thanks! I am really happy that these herons are in a protected spot and they are only a few miles from my home. I often used to see a Great Blue Heron at the little farm pond where I last lived (“Hank Heron”). So, I always enjoy seeing these magnificent big birds! Have a super nice day and thanks for your comment!

  7. This is amazing! We believe Great Blues nest near here, but never see any of the activity. One of our summer residents has returned to the creek which now has flowing water again after the drought we had last summer and fall. In fact, we’ve got rain much of today. 🙂 I hope you are having a good week..

    • Hi Birding Bunch, So happy to hear you also have Great Blue Herons near. They are really interesting and handsome birds. I was thrilled to see the rookery. Hope you have a rookery where you can observe the chicks. Have a great coming week!

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