There were two Great Blue Herons visible when I visited this privately maintained park in Marion County, Florida, on December 22, 2013. Each of these Great Blue Herons was hanging out in a different tree where the herons had built a stick nest for their rookery.
I think that these birds are ones I had photographed a couple of times earlier in the year there at this botanical park. The big pine trees are showing broken limbs from Summer thunderstorms, so It is no wonder that some of the herons are making new nests within the park! The nest shown in today’s post is likely one of the new ones.
I have been casually visiting this park and watching the herons since last March (2013) and have enjoyed watching these wading birds grow from gangly juveniles to nearly grown adults. Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture.