These Great Blue Heron juveniles were sitting in three sturdy nests comprising a rookery in the upper branches of a very tall, stout, Pine Tree. The Great Blue Heron families were located next to a Koi Pond at a privately operated neighborhood park in my community. I had included photographs of these herons a few weeks ago in a post here on the blog. I decided to go and see how the chicks and their parents were doing.
I was quite surprised to see that instead of the two nests up in that tree, there were in fact, three nests! Several of the juveniles are almost adult-sized birds now and I think they spread out instead of crowding into the two nest areas. Way up in the crown of the tree is that third nest. There were two much younger chicks in that nest. One of the parent birds was standing watch from the tree next to the rookery. Herons seem to be excellent parents. This park and the nearby ranch, offers nesting areas, food, and water to these magnificent wading birds! I took these pictures on May 7, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!