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Wide Wings on Wednesday

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These Great Blue Herons are likely the same ones that I have photographed before at this park near my home.  Perhaps they were even the gangly juveniles in the multiple nests in the huge old Pine Tree.  I took these pictures at our local park in Marion County, Florida on Monday, February 24, 2014 at about 4:45PM.

The nest is near the top of a very large Pine Tree.  On Monday, I first spotted the herons standing in a large pine across the pond area from the rookery.  Almost immediately, one of the pair of herons flew off across the park to a different area, and the other heron flew up to the nest in the nearby rookery tree.

Storms throughout the year took several of this tree’s large branches down with two of  the nests attached.   Great Blue Herons often have a duplicate nest in a different tree as a second home, so perhaps other herons are building elsewhere in or near the park.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Wide Wings on Wednesday" (6)

  1. The Birding Bunch said:

    Beautiful birds. We look forward to their return in the spring. We’ve never found their rookery, but know they nest in the area because they are at the creek all summer.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, So happy for you that you have Great Blue Herons around. They are especially wonderful big birds. I am hoping you do get to see their nest some day. Have a pleasant Thurs. tomorrow! I really appreciate your nice comments!

  2. so cool to see them nesting!

    • Hi Theresa, I am pleased to still be seeing the herons at this park. The neighboring development is selling well (our development is much older and has fewer new sales but doing fine) and there are more people around the park these days. The big thing about that park is the lack of sports and picnic area – it is serene and botanical. Have a super good Thursday tomorrow!

  3. It is neat to see the heron nesting. I find it weird they nest in the tall tree tops.
    Great shots! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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