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A Great Blue Heron Rookery

Great Blue Herons in a colony nest called a “Rookery” were spotted yesterday, March 24, 2019, on Buena Vista Blvd. here in The Villages, Florida.  The rookery is up in a huge Live Oak tree on the shore of a golf course pond.  The rookery can be viewed from the multi-modal pathway.  I saw three adults in the tree, two older chicks which are nearly ready to fly, and a much younger chick on a lower nest.  An additional adult Great Blue Heron was standing on the shore.

The older chicks looked like they were very hungry!  I spotted the parent heron attempting to feed both with limited success.  After a few very active rowdy moments, that parent heron flew off to find more food!  The young chick was very inactive.  One of the adults was snoozing and occasionally would be awakened by the flapping of the older chicks above.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!




Great Blue Herons

I saw two Great Blue Herons flying from the pond’s shoreline the other day.  I used the camera to follow the big birds’ fight.  My longer zoom lens is on its way back to the factory for an adjustment so I am now using a shorter 28-300mm zoom lens.  I was mildly surprised to see one of the birds land in the crown of a Pine Tree at a location in the neighborhood near another pond.  I had not seen herons there before.  It could just be a temporary stop or maybe that is the new Heron rookery.

I did not see the second bird land but I am fairly confident that both birds were up in either the same tree or one was in another tree quite close by.  The fishing is great in the little farm pond so the birds have food water and shelter nearby where they are staying.  Lots of fat fish, frogs and insects in the little farm pond right now.  This all equals happy Herons!  I took these pictures from my yard on June 10, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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